An incredible 23 new Guinness World Records titles were achieved at yesterday’s Virgin London Marathon.
Ex-Royal Marine, Roscoe Nash, knocked an hour off the existing Guinness World Records title for the Fastest marathon carrying an 80lb pack, finishing in 5hr 58min 58secs. In the 40lb category ex-paratrooper, Mike Ellicock, broke the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest marathon carrying a 40lb pack in 3hr 25m 21sec. The 37-year-old, from Lewes, East Sussex, raised more than £20,000 for the Parachute Regiment Charity in the process.
45-years-old David Ross, who holds a number of marathon records, achieved a new Guinness World Records title yesterday for the Fastest marathon dressed in a wetsuit (3hrs 25mins). While football-mad Alan Simeoni broke the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest marathon dribbling a football. The 34 year-old from London completed the course in 5hrs 10mins 46 secs.
Of all the fantastic fancy dress outfits in competition, special mention must go to Bruce Moore who in full gorilla dress (including plastic mask) completed the 26.2mile course in 3hrs 31mins 36secs achieving the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest marathon dressed in full body animal costume, and 27-year-old Londoner Lucie Barney who ran a time of 4hrs 40mins 56secs in spectacular dress for the Fastest marathon dressed as a shoe.
Finally, one of the quirkiest Guinness World Records titles attempted yesterday, Susie Hewer broke her own record for the Longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon. Completing the marathon in a time of 5hrs 5mins 23secs, the 55-year-old managed to knit a scarf over 2 meters in length (2.05m). Susie’s ran in support of Alzheimer's Research UK and in memory of her late mother who suffered from vascular dementia. Susie summed up the general mood of the day: “We’ve all got our own reasons for running, but the most important thing is that we all come together and show our unity, especially in light of the recent events in Boston.”
Guinness World Records official adjudicators witnessed attempts by over 70 runners, in 35 different record categories.
Below is the full list of world records set at this year's event.
Film character costume (male)
David Stone (as Jack Sparrow)
Nurse's uniform (male)
Suit (male) - business suit
School uniform (male)
School uniform (female)
Laura Bartlett (as a bee)
Carrying a 40lb pack
Martial arts suit (female)
Full Body Animal Costume
Olivier Hamar (as Napoleon)
Nurse's uniform (female)
Internal Organ (male)
Alan Blair (as a heart)
Fiona Smith Jenkinson
Wendy Shaw (as Alfie, Guide Dogs mascot)
Internal Organ (female)
Katherine Stephens (as a brain)
Dribbling a football
Carrying an 80lb pack
Longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon
2.05m (time of 5:54:23)