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Choosing the best marathon costume

You could raise more money by dressing up

Marathon runner dressed in fancy dress

When running a marathon it’s important to get your wardrobe choice right. There are so many things to consider such as comfort, practicality, stand-out…

If you are planning on dressing up for the big day it’s a good idea to do a test run with your fancy dress or costume on. You’ll need to check how secure it is, how comfortable it is and if it affects your running in any way.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite outfits from previous Virgin Money London Marathons which may inspire you – or at least bring a smile to your face.

“Aren’t you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?” Make sure your outfit is the right size for you, regardless of what Lord Vader may say.

Remember to keep your energy levels up and above all else, “remember you’re a womble!”

Make sure you don’t pick up any unwanted passengers along the way, “you plonker”.

Once you’ve committed to your costume, there’s no point in getting the hump – make sure you’re happy to run the distance in it.

If you want to break a world record you’ll want to head over to the Guinness World Records section on the Virgin Money London Marathon website to make sure you are on the right track.

It’s still always worth getting your name on your costume, regardless of size – that way, the hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets of London will be able to cheer you on personally. There is rhiNO exception to this rule.

And last but not least, if you are planning on getting married on the day, please ensure you have a bouquet made of Jelly Babies – all that sugar should help to give you a boost!

For more fancy dress images, head over to our Facebook album.

Wearing a wacky costume is a great way to increase your sponsorship money – but if it’s not up your street, there are plenty of other fun ways too. Check out Your top ten fundraising tips for inspiration.

Have you gone the extra mile to inspire more people to donate? We’d love to hear your story and top fundraising tips on Facebook and Twitter.

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