Thirty four Guinness World Records fall at 2018 London Marathon
A total of 34 Guinness World Records were set at an unseasonably hot Virgin Money London Marathon, as runners cautiously braved the conditions in all manner of fancy dress costumes.
Among them was Rob Pope (pictured), who set the record for the fastest marathon in film costume as he took to the streets of London dressed as Forrest Gump and clocked a near-elite time of 2:36:28.
Pope has embarked on a mission over the last 18 months to recreate Forrest Gump's run across America, and has been clocking up 40 miles a day. Having conquered London, raising funds for WWF and Peace Direct, he will now head back to Arizona on Tuesday to complete his quest.
On the Finish Line to verify all new world records set was official Guinness World Records Adjudicator Mark McKinley, who said: “Marathon records are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get!
"Seeing Rob Pope dressed as Forrest Gump approach the Finish Line as our first runner of the day was something memorable; the enthusiasm from the crowd was electric and what an amazing story he has."
Guinness World Record attempts at the Virgin Money London Marathon always bring out a variety of weird and wonderful outfits and the 2018 race was no exception.
An Elvis impersonator, a dragon and the ‘poo emoji’ all claimed records this year and will take pride of place in the new Guinness World Records book, which will be released in September.
Full list of new Guinness World Record title holders:
- Rob Pope, fastest marathon in film character costume (Forrest Gump) 2:36:28
- Matt Berry, fastest marathon in a wedding dress (male) 2:55:52
- Mathieu Lavedrine, fastest marathon dressed as a Star Wars character (male) (x-wing pilot) 3:05:27
- Joe Gale, fastest marathon dressed as a love heart (male) 3:05:55
- David Stoneman, fastest marathon dressed in pyjamas (male) 3:07:09
- Barnaby Hopson, fastest marathon dressed as an insect 3:14:24
- Terry Midgely, fastest marathon dressed in rugby kit (male) 3:20:16
- Oliver Hill, fastest marathon dressed as a whoopee cushion 3:20:39
- Michael Odell & Guy Dunscombe, fastest marathon in a two-person costume (horse and jockey) 3:25:17
- Carly Furnell, fastest marathon dressed as a cheerleader (female) 3:27:14
- James Caldon, fastest marathon dressed as a tennis player (male) 3:28:48
- Rebecca Cesar de Sa, fastest marathon dressed as a lifeguard (female) 3:31:06
- Amy Shadbolt, fastest marathon dressed as a vegetable (carrot) 3:32:50
- Alex Morales, fastest marathon dressed as a stationery item 3:33:13
- Paul Underwood, fastest marathon dressed as a monarch 3:39:10
- Charlotte Österman, fastest marathon dressed as a zombie (female) 3:39:25
- Jonathan Carter, fastest marathon dressed as a hospital patient 3:40:38
- Edward Low, fastest marathon dressed as a padlock (male) 3:51:18
- Tim Perkins, fastest marathon dressed as a tree (male) 3:52:35
- Stacey Harper, fastest marathon dressed as Elvis (female) 3:53:56
- George Rutherford-Jones, fastest marathon dressed as a landmark (male) 3:54:43
- Marta Kiermacz-Abramek, fastest marathon in a suit (female) 3:57:57
- Bethan Roberts, Fastest marathon dressed as a dragon (female) 3:58:53
- Louise Andrews & Neil Sheward, Fastest marathon three-legged (mixed) 3:59:56
- David Smith, fastest marathon dressed in motorcycle leathers 4:00:11
- Fiona Betts, fastest marathon dressed in a full body animal costume 4:13:25
- Victoria Bell, fastest marathon dressed as an emoji (poo) 4:18:06
- Julie Greenwood, fastest marathon dressed as a fairy tale character 4:24:07
- Bob Johnson, fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional toy 4:59:30
- Owen Willis, fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional plant (male) 4:59:39
- Richard Gray, fastest marathon carrying a household appliance (white goods) 5:49:37
- Colin Haylock, fastest marathon wearing ski boots 5:52:16
- Megan Walker, Ceyhun Uzun, Andrew Sharpe, Holly Bishop, Frederick Holland & Richard Scantlebury, fastest marathon in a six-person costume 6:20:48
- Michelle Frost, fastest marathon on stilts 6:37:38