Sticking My Mech Out

My heroic fundraising run is fast approaching, and, while I have every confidence that I will finish the race, I am uncertain that I will be able to do so with my dignity, not to mention my bodily functions intact. This occurred to me after I watched Emmanuel Mutai finishing the 2011 London Marathon – legend! And let’s not forget Paula Radcliffe’s performance in 2005, even though I’m sure she’d rather we did.

To this end, I have formulated a brilliant plan, ensuring I can complete the race in style. I recently watched Iron Man, and while I realise that movie is science fiction, it’s three years old, so I bet most of what is presented onscreen is now possible. My scheme involves creating a pair of robot legs that will be fitted with shock absorbers, a built in MP3 player (with skip feature enabled) and some kind of turbo boost for the final stretch. Although my experience in engineering, electronics and coming up with a cool colour scheme is limited, how hard can it be? I am almost certain that I can make it work without the mechanism trying to put one foot twenty one miles in front of the other, at any rate.

Of course, there’s a slight chance that this might not come to pass, as some of the parts I’ve ordered take a maximum of 28 days for delivery. If that happens, I will have to revert to the original plan and tackle the race au naturel. Either way, I would appreciate you sponsoring me.

EDIT: Well, I did the race and finished it in 56 mins and 12 seconds. Not bad until you find out my official finishing position was 675th. All done without the aid of robot legs because, well, that was just an idiotic joke. Sorry to ruin the illusion. Next time I’ll just run faster. However, you may, if you wish, still sponsor me.

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  1. Adam

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7351314.stm The American Army managed to get a prototype in ’08, like you said, its been 3 years now, I reckon you can do it!

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