Thirty-nine Guinness World Records were set at the Virgin Money London Marathon today, more than ever before, as runners dressed in all manner of fancy dress costumes claimed their place in the record books.

It was London man Joe Spraggins who was fastest of all, clocking 2:42:24 to complete the fastest marathon dressed as a swimmer. In his wake came elves, Vikings, fast food items and monks, while records for toilet rolls, nuns, Wellington boots and chili peppers all fell too.

Rebecca Cesar de Sa was the quickest of the female record setters, the Wonder Woman runner setting a wonderful time of 3:16:19 to become the fastest finisher in film character costume.

David Hepburn, Meg Walker, Ceyhun Jay Uzun, Andy Sharpe and Holly Bishop were among the slowest of the record breakers. The fabulous five dressed as Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine to complete the pesky 26.2-mile challenge in 6:17:26 and become the fastest marathon runners ever in a five-person costume.

Guinness World Records official adjudicator Christopher Lynch was on the Finish Line to verify all new records.

“The Finish Line at the London Marathon is an incredible place to spend an afternoon,” he said. “The outpouring of emotion from runners and spectators alike is heart-warming.”

“It was a huge privilege to award so many new Guinness World Records titles today, the icing on the cake for the most determined and creative fun-runners. They’ve all raised significant funds for their chosen charities and earned a place in the records books – all in the London sunshine.”

All 37 Guinness World Records title holders are listed below:

  • 1. Joe Spraggins, Fastest marathon dressed as a swimmer – 2:42:24
  • 2. Ashley Payne, Fastest marathon dressed as an elf – 2:58.:26
  • 3. Gary McNamara, Fastest marathon dressed as a fast food item – 2:59:35
  • 4. Paul Richards, Fastest Marathon dressed as a Viking – 3:03:16
  • 5. Malcom Treby, Fastest marathon dressed as a monk – 3:03:31
  • 6. Evan Williams, Graham O’Loughlin and Ian Williams, Fastest marathon in a three person costume (Fish in the sea) – 3:13:09
  • 7. Simon Couchman, Fastest marathon dressed as a crustacean – 3:13:18
  • 8. Rebecca Cesar de Sa, Fastest marathon in film character costume (female) – 3:16:19 (Wonder Woman)
  • 9. Laurence Morgan, Fastest marathon in a full-body animal costume – 3:16:27
  • 10. Daniel Jordan, Fastest marathon dressed as a nun – 3:17:12
  • 11. Damian Thacker, Fastest marathon wearing wellington boots – 3:21:27
  • 12. Max Livingstone – Learmonth, Fastest marathon dressed as a Bishop – 3:21:32
  • 13. Sarah Dudgeon, Fastest marathon dressed as a monk (female) – 3:21:33
  • 14. Terry Midgley, Fastest marathon dressed as a chef – 3:22:27
  • 15. Philip Powell, Fastest marathon dressed as a Mr. Potato Head – 3:24:19
  • 16. Rebecca Vincent, Fastest marathon dressed as a cartoon character (female) – 3:24:28 (Mini Mouse)
  • 17. Nicola Nuttall, Fastest marathon dressed as a witch (female) – 3:26:13
  • 18. Victoria Carter, Fastest marathon dressed as a nun (female) – 3:26:53
  • 19. Kevin Day, Fastest marathon dressed as a French Maid – 3:26:43
  • 20. Alex Smith and Chris Stone – Fastest Marathon in a two-person costume (Jamaican Bobsled) – 3:33:22
  • 21. Lorna Pursglove, Fastest marathon dressed as a fruit (female) (Chilli Pepper) – 3:41:25
  • 22.David Smith, Fastest marathon in a sleeping bag – 3:44:01
  • 23. Julia Mitchelmore, Fastest marathon dressed as a cheerleader (female) – 3:46:55
  • 24.Cat Dascendis, Fastest marathon female dressed as a gingerbread girl – 3:46:55
  • 25. Mark Conlin, Fastest marathon dressed as a medical instrument (Insulin pump) – 3:48:09
  • 26. Gemma Stevens, Fastest marathon dressed in a full body dinosaur outfit (female) – 3:57:46
  • 27. Kou Tseng, Fastest marathon dressed as a padlock – 3:59:40
  • 28. Warren Edwicker, Fastest marathon dressed as a telephone box – 4:07:57
  • 29. Alice Gerlach, Fastest marathon dressed as a television character (female) – 4:13:39 (Banana Man)
  • 30. Michael Law, Fastest marathon dressed as a star – 4:20:07
  • 31. Jayne Moreton, Fastest marathon dressed as a dragon (female) – 4:32:54
  • 32. Tom Langdown, Fastest marathon wearing chainmail (upper body) – 4:50:16
  • 33. Susan Ridgeon, Fastest Marathon in a Toilet Roll Costume (Female) – 4:54:00
  • 34. Thomas Bolton, Fastest marathon dressed as a car (Del Boy’s Yellow Robin Reliant) – 4:55:.09
  • 35. Jeremy Allinson, Fastest marathon dressed as a Star Wars character (Storm Trooper) – 4:59:12
  • 36. Paul Cousins, Fastest marathon dressed as a three dimensional aircraft (Helicopter) – 5:03:15
  • 37. Ben Blowes, Fastest marathon carrying a household appliance (white goods – Tumble drier) – 5:58:37
  • 38. David Hepburn, Meg Walker, Ceyhun Jay Uzun, Andy Sharpe & Holly Bishop, Fastest marathon in a five-person costume (Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine) – 6:17:26
  • 39. Marc Jenner, Fastest marathon carrying a 100 lb pack – 6:47:03

Guinness World Records has collaborated with the Virgin Money London Marathon for the tenth consecutive year to provide the most creative and determined fun runners with on-the-Finish-Line world record verification.

In that time, applications have jumped from nine in 2007 to a whopping 130 for the 2017 instalment – 73 of which were approved for this year’s race.