In an effort to fundraise for his friend with motor neurone disease, Allan Bullot will tomorrow run a half marathon decked out in a 25kg Lord of the Rings costume.
Bullot’s suit - a 3m tall tree inspired by Treebeard - comes with built-in fans to cool him on his run from St Heliers to Silo Park along the waterfront and back.
“It’s heavy and it’s hard lugging this around but it’s nothing like what people with motor neurone disease face,” Bullot said.
“It’ll probably take about eight hours - the slowest half marathon I’ve ever done. Fingers crossed for the weather.”
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Bullot has worked on his costume for about six months, and it also includes a car’s reversing camera kit to ensure he won’t bump into trees - real ones.
“You know, the kids are gone and I have a very understanding wife - it’s taken me six months to build it from scratch.
“The kids at the local cricket grounds have got very used to seeing a tree walking around now.”