Teacher Amanda Greenwood from Bodmin is out to set a Guinness World Record by running in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon dressed as a whippy ice-cream. She’s taking part for a second year in support of Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care who looked after her father, Russell Richards, at the end of his life.

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“Last year’s marathon was quite close to when Dad died, so this year I decided to run again,” explains Amanda. “I needed to do something a bit different this time round so I had the idea of running dressed as an ice-cream. I guess it links back to happy family holidays in Polzeath.” Amanda did consider running as a pasty but discovered someone had already done that, so a whippy ice cream it was and then she added pressure by applying to attempt a Guinness World Record. “I wanted to be the fastest whippy ice-cream, but they said no I had to go for the fastest dessert. It means I’ve got to run in the costume and beat a time of 4.45.”

Amanda’s eye catching whippy ice cream costume is home made. “As an art teacher I thought it would be better to make it so after doing some initial drawings and with a lot of help from colleagues Jo Pinhey and Phil Walker, we produced an outfit that was acceptable to the Guinness World Record team and comfortable, sort of, to run in.”

Amanda, who is Bodmin born and bred, has been teaching at Bodmin College for nearly 12 years and says she also wants to inspire the next generation. “It’s the youngsters who will be fundraising for Cornwall Hospice Care in future years, and looking after an ageing population. I want them to understand what the charity is all about and why it’s so important to the families it supports. I organised a Santa Fun Run at the College and we held assemblies for every year group to talk about the hospices and the difference they make to people like my Dad.”

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Amanda says her inspiration comes from the care her Dad received in his final weeks. “Last year Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which was devastating for the whole family. His strength of character and determination was aided by the care he received at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell. We all saw him in extreme pain that was very upsetting, but we also knew there was somewhere we could go where they would look after him so we could enjoy time together and that was invaluable. What touched me was the care the nursing staff gave, the professionalism and the facilities, all available right up to his last moment. I can’t fault the care he got and that’s driven me to do this.”

Last year Amanda raised more than £3,000 for Cornwall Hospice Care and hopes this year to beat this target while also setting a world record. You can find her fundraising page here – https://chclondonmarathon2018.everydayhero.com/uk/amanda-greenwood-london-marathon

Amanda also explains more about her world record attempt, her memories of the care her Dad received and wanting to inspire her students, in a short film that you can view here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ePsQ9StRtg&t=4s

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures include Amanda Greenwood in the art department at Bodmin College, Amanda in her whippy ice-cream costume, Amanda at last year’s London Marathon when she also ran for Cornwall Hospice Care and Amanda’s father, Russell Richards.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

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