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Freddie Mercury lookalike to run Marathon with vacuum

Freddie Mercury lookalike to run Marathon with vacuum

Freddie Mercury, the gay frontman of legendary rock group Queen, will live again on Sunday (22 April) and will be running the London Marathon complete with a vacuum cleaner.

Ben Hickman is dressing up as Mercury, the Queen singer who died of AIDS-related bronchopneumonia just over two decades ago, to run the marathon.

And he’ll be raising money for British gay-run HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

Hickman will run the entire 26.2 mile course in leather miniskirt, bouffant hair-do, and of course the trademark ‘tache. And will be pushing a heavy hoover all the way to the finish line.

He has already raised over £1,750 for THT, which will be used to fund services for those living with and affected by HIV in the UK.

He is just one of 30 brave supporters, who have signed up to pound the pavements of the UK capital for THT.

Also running will be Lauren Bull, a doctor specializing in sexual health, who plans to complete the course while wearing a multi-colored costume festooned with dozens of condoms.

Sonya Trivedy, head of fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: ‘Our marathon runners are real heroes, and we can’t thank them enough for their hard work, enthusiasm, and extraordinary creativity.’

Among the hundreds of other LGBT people running will be scene celebrity, Jeremy Joseph, boss of London’s top gay club, G-A-Y.

He’ll be taking on the marathon with a team who are raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Joseph told Gay Star News: ‘I have done it before but it doesn’t get any easier. It can get harder because I have certainly done damage to myself on the previous two marathons. You can just get an injury at any stage and in training my quads keep playing up so you just don’t know.

‘I really don’t know what keeps me going. Both years so far at the start I was thinking “why am I doing this?” but when you get to the end and get your medal you are “right, let’s talk about next year”.

As he goes around the course, he’ll be triggering balloon releases, with yellow balloons representing people living with HIV who know they are positive and red balloons to symbolize those who have the virus but don’t realize.

You can support him by visiting his Just Giving page or (for those in the UK) by texting EJAF69 to 70070 to donate £2 ($3 €2.50).

You can support Ben Hickman or Lauren Bull by clicking this link and searching for their names.