Guinness World Records will mark its fourth year partnering with the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in 2019. The collaboration will provide runners with the chance to become a certified Guinness World Records title holder as they cross the finish line.

Attempting a Guinness World Records title is an opportunity for runners to add an extra challenge to their marathon and a helpful way to raise money and awareness for a charity or special cause.

On-the-day record verification is usually a paid-for-service but, for this day only, the verification will be done free of charge for runners. 


In 2018, four out of five runners attempting a Guinness World Records title while running in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival were successful. Their records are below:

  • Fastest marathon dressed as a monk: Andrew Heyden (Australia) - 2:43:06
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a surfer: Eamonn O’Neil (Ireland) - 4:41:57
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a national flag: Mohd Syadinh Bin Alias (Malaysia) - 2:54:34
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a french maid: Josh Hall (Australia) - 3:10:42 (Josh only held this title for about 10 hours, as at the Berlin Marathon held on the same day, Jamie Buckland (UK) achieved this record in 3:02:56)

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You can receive your Guinness World Records title in front of the Sydney Opera House

For aspiring record breakers who want to take part, follow these simple steps. Once you’ve registered for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, please make a standard application via and include the following: 

  • A record title and a full description of the Guinness World Records attempt
  • Dimensions of the costume or object that is to be worn or carried (including height, width, depth and weight)
  • Applicant’s unique running number allocated via ballot place confirmation, through a charity or other guaranteed entry console
  • Projected finish time in any costume you hope to run in
  • Once you have applied, the allocated record manager will request that a photograph which clearly shows the runner wearing/carrying the full costume and/or object is submitted via the online portal
  • Should your application be successful, you will be required to complete a biography form
  • Deadline for applications is 8th July 2019

As part of the submission process, a full description of each applicant’s planned record attempt will be sent to Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Operations Department by Guinness World Records.

The attempt will then be assessed to ensure it is appropriate for the marathon.

Please note that you must have secured a guaranteed place in the 2019 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival if you wish to attempt a Guinness World Records title. Guaranteed entries are not available from Guinness World Records.

Want some inspiration? Take a look at the 38 records broken at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

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