Laing O’Rourke project manager George Mosey will run Sunday’s London Marathon wearing a nine-foot foam lighthouse costume to raise money for construction industry charity, The Lighthouse Club.
Mosey, who works at the Custom House C520 site on the Docklands Light Railway, will don the outfit known as ‘Eddie’ and pound the streets of the capital in aid of the charity’s “One day….to help our own” campaign.
Sunday will be Mosey’s eighth marathon raising money for the construction industry charity.
He said: “I’ve been working in the construction industry since 2009 now, after I graduated from Manchester through the Laing O’Rourke Young Guns Programme.
“My work has seen me work my way up from section manager to construction manager to project manager.
“Along the way I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great people and on some great projects.
“I’m currently delivering the Crossrail Custom House Station C520 for Laing O’Rourke alongside some great contracting companies and great workers.”
Mosey says the additional 16kgs weight of the outfit will take his time from three hours to nearer the five hours 20 minutes mark.
Site colleagues are running a sweepstake on the finishing time of their project manager between 4hrs 50mins and 5hrs 40mins.
George said: “As our project gets nearer the business end of delivering on time you find yourself training less and less and less and even though I am an experienced marathon runner, when you are trying to deliver your project, train hard and fundraise, it becomes quite hard.”
This year thousands of construction workers are taking part in the “One day….to help our own ”campaign.
Bill Hill, CEO of The Lighthouse Club said: “With 3.5 million people in the construction industry, sadly it is still a case where we lose over 40 colleagues a year through fatalities and where over 2,000 colleagues are injured and there is no safety net for a lot of these workers.
“The whole purpose of the One day…to help our own campaign is everyone can do something for one day, everyone can give up one day of their time. Whether its playing golf, sponsored walks, dress down days or donning nine-foot foam lighthouses and running 26 miles on the streets of London”.