Pottermus aiming for Guinness World Record
While a number of Stoke City players will be hoping to win a first ever major tournament at this summer’s European Championship in France, mascot Pottermus has his eyes set on a record of his own.
The loveable hippo will be swapping his football boots for running shoes as he aims to achieve a Guinness World Record at next year’s London Marathon.
Raising funds for the Stoke City Community Trust and the Bobby Moore Fund, Hippo is in intense training to beat the current record for the fastest marathon ran by a mascot.
The unique record is currently held by Glasgow Hospice mascot Harvey the Heart, ran by Francis Gilroy, who finished this year’s London Marathon in 3 hours, 17 minutes.
Simon Nicholls will have the task of breaking the Guinness World Record when he runs as Pottermus in the 2017 London Marathon alongside Community Trust coaches Ben Gibson and Jack Day.
They are pictured with Stephanie Moore, the widow of England’s 1966 World Cup winning captain Moore, and City boss Mark Hughes. Moore was just 51-years-old when he died.
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK was set up by Stephanie in his memory to fund pioneering, life-saving bowel cancer research. Since the fund was set up in 1993 mortality rates have fallen 30% and over £22 million has been raised for research
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