Seventy-three Guinness World Records attempts in 2017
Guinness World Recordsâ„¢ 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.
A huge 73 world records are being attempted this year, featuring a total of 86 runners, and a team of Guinness World Records adjudicators will be on hand to check costumes, verify times and confirm successful runners as official GWR title holders, earning them a place in the 2018 book out in September.
The most visual and creative costumes and categories for 2017:
Fastest marathon dressed as a 3D aircraft: 6 hours to beat
Paul Cousins (49), from Western-Super-Mare, will be gracing the circuit in a hugely impressive helicopter costume â€“ a nod to the helicopter heritage of his town. Paul is running for the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) in honour of his friends Andy and Sue Collard who recently lost their daughter to the disease, age just 11. With the help of his GWR attempt, Paul has already raised nearly Â£4000, double his initial target, and he hopes for many more donations when he crosses the finish line on 23 April. The costume weighs 20kg and although Paul has run the marathon twice before, this costume will surely test him to the limit.
Fastest Marathon in a four-person costume: 5:25:01 to beat
Simon Gauge (46), Caroline Brown (32), Jacqueline Jones (40), and Steve Day (49) will be taking flight at this yearâ€™s VMLM. The group will be running dressed as an aeroplane, which is very fitting as between the four of them, they have 58 years of flying service for Monarch Airlines. They are raising money for two of Monarchâ€™s charity partners â€“ Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrenâ€™s Charity. The team have had to fit in training around their busy rotas but have been focusing on running with 5kg backpacks to get used to the weight of the plane and sticking to a regimented diet to heighten performance. While it is Steveâ€™s first ever marathon, Simon ran last yearâ€™s VMLM and was the 2nd highest individual fundraiser with over Â£33,000! While Jacq and Caroline have also ran marathons before, the team will have to go to new heights to be able to go the full course and walk away with the Guinness World Records title in their expected finish time of 5 hours 20 minutes.
Fastest Marathon dressed as a Star Wars Character: 4:59:59 to beat
Jeremy Paul Allinson (42), a RAF Officer from Benson, Oxford will be running his third Virgin Money London Marathon this year â€“ but this time heâ€™s running for The Empire.
Jeremy is running for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and unbelievably, he is using the London Marathon as a â€˜warm upâ€™ for a 40 mile ultra-run finishing at the home of Star Wars â€“ Pinewood Studios â€“ on Star Wars Day 2017 (May 4th). He says these events will be the hardest thing he has ever done but the support he has received so far has been fantastic. He hopes â€˜The Forceâ€™ will overcome â€˜The Burnâ€™ on marathon day.
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Jeremy Joseph, the owner of the world-famous G-A-Y nightclub in Soho, is hoping to pull in some favours with his celebrity friends to break this record which he will launch with a picture of himself at the Start Line. Jeremy is running his eighth consecutive London Marathon and wants to set a new Guinness World Record to raise money and awareness for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The likes of Anastasia, Olly Murs and Aston Merrygold from JLS have already pledged to support Jeremyâ€™s bid. â€œThis is not just about a record attempt, this is about raising awareness and promoting the need for equality around the world,â€ said Jeremy. â€œWe want to create a debate on the Facebook post that is about worldwide equality because without that starting point you canâ€™t fight AIDS.â€ As well as the starting Facebook post, Jeremy plans to keep followers up-to-date throughout his marathon with updates throughout the 26.2 miles and afterwards.
Fastest marathon dressed as a Viking: 3:12:11 to beat
Paul Richards (29) from Telford will be raiding this yearâ€™s VMLM dressed as a Viking. This might be Paulâ€™s third marathon but he is one to watch with a PB of 2:47:51 at last yearâ€™s Virgin Money London Marathon! Paul decided to run for a GWR title as he loves a challenge and he will be running for Mind, a charity that supports people suffering from mental illnesses. Paul lost his mum nine years ago and after suffering with depression, Mind helped him with counselling which he says made a massive difference to his life. He also took up running following his diagnosis and he now participates in runs up and down the country every weekend. Mind helped Paul come to terms with the condition and he is now looking forward to attempting this GWR title at the VMLM and giving something back.Â Â
Fastest marathon dressed as a chef (male): 3:56:21 to beat
Mohammed Alqadi (27) will be running his eighth marathon at this yearâ€™s VMLM. A chef by day, it was the obvious choice for a costume. Alqadi fled Palestine four years ago as a refugee, and always carries the Palestinian flag during his marathons to promote peace for his nation. Mohammed has run his previous seven marathons in the space of a year, all fundraising for Palestinian charities. At London, he will be fundraising for Sense, a UK charity. He is very appreciative of all the UK based charities that have helped Palestine and now he wants to give something back to those suffering in the UK. He has decided to run for a Guinness World Records title to show that even if you live in a war zone, you can apply yourself to something and can be successful.
Fastest marathon dressed as a medical instrument: 4:30 to beat
Mark Conlin (47) from Derbyshire will be injecting awareness at this yearâ€™s VMLM dressed as an insulin pump in aid of UK charity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His son Matthew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at six years old, now aged 12, Matthew has to wear an insulin pump 24/7, which keeps him alive. Matthew has challenged his Dad to raise awareness and help find a cure â€“ this is Markâ€™s fourth marathon since Matthewâ€™s request. Mark gets up at 5am to check Matthewâ€™s sugar levels, but rather than go back to bed, he goes for a run in his costume. The JDRF focuses on preventative research into Type 1 diabetes and researching a cure for those who are already suffering. Mark found training in the costume daunting at first, but after encouragement from the public, he has found it incredibly motivating and is eager to achieve a GWR title at this yearâ€™s VMLM.
This is just a small selection of the runners attempting world records that form part of the high drama and emotion of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.