A DUNFERMLINE postie is preparing to swap letters for what he hopes will be a world record delivery at this year’s London Marathon.

Stuart Mackay is in training to combine his day job of getting mail to its final West Fife destination with his running passion in April when he attempts to break the world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a postman.

Instead of working his way around his regular route at work, the keen PH Racing Club member will pound the streets of the capital wearing full postal uniform – which includes carrying a bag weighing a minimum of 10lbs – in aid of charity Children 1st.

While he has undertaken marathons in places like Berlin, Valencia and Rome in the past, this is an altogether different challenge for Stuart but one he says he was keen to take on.

“I heard about the challenge and thought it was achievable and realistic, so I thought I would give it a go,” he said. “I enjoy running and this gives me a goal, a focus and something to work towards while raising money for charity at the same time.

“I’ve done marathons before. I’ve done Berlin, Valencia, Loch Ness twice, Rome and Highland Perthshire so the distance doesn’t phase me, but I need to wear a bag and carry 10lbs of weight.

“Even without that, the uniform will irritate and be a challenge – the trousers, jacket, shirt, tie and hat might send me over the edge!”

Given that he normally wears a t-shirt and shorts all-year-round while working, Stuart acknowledges the 26-mile run will be tough but is undergoing a rigorous 16-week training schedule in preparation.

In his sights is the world record time – verified by the Guinness Book of Records – of 3 hours, 45 minutes and six seconds that was posted by Brian Kirsopp at last year’s event.

He continued: “My family and friends find it funny and something they find out of character because I take my running seriously.

“This is not being done from an athlete’s point of view but it is important. I will be treating this attempt very seriously and be racing the distance as fast as I possibly can. I’ll be training as well as I can; at least six days and 10 hours per week for 16 weeks in the uniform so I am ready on the day.

“I’ve always thought I’d like to do it (London) so I’m looking forward to the event and to raising money and awareness for the charity. Children 1st are a fantastic charity that aims to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood.”

Stuart hopes to raise more than £1,500 and, if you would like to donate and support his efforts, you can go online to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stuart-mackay-SAVMLMBONDS3332018-838010.