John the human disco ball is set to roll once more

John McBurney, from Stotfold Runners, wearing the disco ball at the 2014 London Marathon.
John McBurney, from Stotfold Runners, wearing the disco ball at the 2014 London Marathon.

The human disco ball that turned heads at last year’s London Marathon is to roll again!

The specially made headwear, worn by Stotfold Runners member John McBurney, will wow the crowds at a music festival next week and raise more funds for charity.

John McBurney wearing the disco ball at the London Marathon in 2014.

John McBurney wearing the disco ball at the London Marathon in 2014.

John, running as SpeedoRunner, completed the London Marathon dressed as the human disco ball and raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Now he has the chance to see the helmet resurface and raise funds to help the homeless.

John, who works for Birds Eye Studios, was recently on location doing aerial filming for the Farr Festival for one of their promotional videos.

The Farr Festival, which will be taking place between Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18, is a boutique festival held in Bygrave Woods which are situated between Ashwell and Baldock.

John said: “I got chatting to the festival organiser, Oscar Thornton, and I joked about wearing my disco ball helmet to the festival. Suddenly we both realised that this was a great idea and a fantastic opportunity to do some charity fund-raising.

“The hand-made disco ball helmet, which contains more than 1,400 tiny mirrors, has been sat on a shelf collecting dust. Well, I think it is about time the helmet came out of retirement!

“That’s our plan. Farr Festival has now adopted an official charity and the human disco ball will be the charity fundraiser! I intend to make a journey through the thousands of revellers at the festival with my collection bucket and hopefully raise lots of money for a good cause.”

John explained: “The Farr Festival has a really large following from London and therefore we have chosen the House of St Barnabas (https://hosb.org.uk) as our official charity. The House of St. Barnabas is a charity that help’s London’s homeless back into work.

“Typically, my fundraising activities are related to the running races that I enter. However, this will be a completely different challenge for me.

“Farr’s PR and social media teams are giving me their full support as too has our chosen charity, so please keep a look out for the human disco ball.”

If anyone would like to sponsor John and his disco ball helmet then please contact him directly at mcburney_john@hoitmail.com or donate directly to HOSB at https://hosb.org.uk/donate

Visit http://www.farrfestival.co.uk and http://www.birdseyestudios.co.uk