Dad ran marathon in his socks

Published: 29th April 2015

Dad ran marathon in his socks

For most mere mortals, running a marathon can be painful enough in sports footwear.

But brave Ian Bates ran most of it in just his socks .

Crawley-based Bates was left facing this challenge only nine miles into Sunday's 26.2-mile London Marathon course. That's because he had to take off his 38kg T-rex dinosaur fancy dress outfit after tearing a right shoulder muscle - his trainers were affixed to his costume.

Father-of-three Bates, 44, had hoped to beat the 3D dinosaur costume marathon-running world record before injury took its toll.

The costume seemed ill-fated before the race began. It initially comprised a special roaring voice box, but had to be taken out late on due to its excess weight.

On Tuesday he described the agony as "unbearable" and his feet as "tender".

Bates had the last laugh, however. His run has raised a total of £3,145 for the Southgate-based hospice St Catherine's.

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