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Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records (GWR), the global authority on record-breaking achievement, is an official partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon and has been since 2007, making this already extraordinary event even more memorable by providing record-breaking hopefuls with on-the-day record verification.

Not only is an official Guinness World Records attempt a great way of enhancing your Virgin Money London Marathon experience, it is also a fantastic means of raising awareness and money for your chosen charity. GWR’s verification services are usually a paid-for-service but, for this day only, the verification is done free of charge for runners.

For more information on how you can set a new Guinness World Records title or break an existing record at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, please visit the Guinness World Records website.

All applicants must...

As part of the submission process provide a full description of their planned record attempt to the London Marathon Operations Department. The attempt will then be assessed to ensure it is appropriate for the Virgin Money London Marathon.

 Please send the following details to records@london-marathon.co.uk:

  • 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)
  • a photograph which clearly shows the runner wearing/carrying the full costume and/or object 

Please note that you may be asked to take part in the 2016  adidas Silverstone Half Marathon in March for a practical demonstration of your record attempt in race conditions. 

The London Marathon Ltd reserves the right to deny entry if the costume is deemed to contravene health and safety regulations.  

Record Breakers

Below is a full list and times for the 34 records that were broken at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. These records and many more are available to be broken this year!

Name Record Time

Bob Johnson

Fastest marathon dressed as a three dimensional bird

5:50:08

Andy Newman, David Newman, Ian Newman and Neil Hendy

Fastest marathon in a four-person costume

6:23:03

Iain Church

Fastest marathon in a bomb disposal suit

 6:28:06

Marc Jenner

Fastest marathon carrying an 80-lb pack

5:53:20

Thomas Jones

Fastest marathon dressed as a musical instrument

4:26:12

Ric Nardi

Fastest marathon dressed as a telephone box

4:33:56

Eva Clarke

Fastest marathon carrying a 40-lb pack (female)

4:34:42

Debbie Leeland and Paula Marshall

Fastest marathon three-legged (female) 

4:45:21 

Stephen Roach

Fastest marathon dressed as a chef  

4:47:51

Elizabeth King

Fastest marathon dressed as a fruit

4:13:24

Andy Church, Laura Jones and Heather Smith

Fastest marathon in a three-person costume

4:56:24

Paul Martelletti

Fastest marathon dressed as a superhero

2:30:12

Neil Casey

Fastest marathon in a nurse’s uniform 

2:46:48

Terry Midgley

Fastest marathon dressed as a lifeguard

2:55:54

Mike Ellicock

Fastest marathon carrying a 20lb pack (male) 

2:56:39

Adam Jones

Fastest marathon dressed as a leprechaun

2:59:30 

Joe Elliott

Fastest marathon dressed as a boxer

3:08:00 

Sarah Dudgeon

Fastest marathon dressed in a nurse’s uniform (female)

3:08:54

Neil Light

Fastest marathon dressed as a videogame character 

3:09:28

Victoria Carter

Fastest marathon dressed as a doctor

3:13:23

Subhashis Basu

Fastest marathon in a cricket uniform

3:20:46

Kelly Murphy

Fastest marathon dressed in a graduation gown 

3:32:08

Chris Taylor

Fastest marathon wearing a wetsuit

3:19:41 

Giles Lock

Fastest marathon dressed as a crustacean

3:34:23

David Smith

Fastest marathon dressed as a whoopee cushion

3:38:15 

Andy Nice

Fastest marathon dressed as a mascot

3:42:12

Ian Young

Fastest marathon dressed as a monk

3:27:17 

Andrew Smith

Fastest marathon dressed as a plant

3:47:55

Jennifer Sangster

Fastest marathon dressed as a love heart

3:18:23 

Terry Bradbury 

Fastest marathon dressed as a tool

3:49:45

Andrew Shenton

Fastest marathon dressed as an elf

3:54:05

Karen Irons-McLean

Fastest marathon dressed as a playing card

4:05:30

Jerry Knox

Fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs

4:10:44

Michael Mercer

Fastest marathon in a sleeping bag (male) 

4:20:21

For more information please contact: press@guinnessworldrecords.com

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