The Virgin London Marathon is the biggest annual one-day fundraising event on the planet, but for many, running the 26.2 miles is not quite enough. Each year sees people dress up in all forms of costumes, from rhinos to superheroes, clowns to big bottles of beer. And each year many attempt a Guinness World Record.
We’ve seen some of the successful Guinness World Record attempts; including completing the most Rubik’s cubes solved while running, the tallest structure to complete the course, and the fastest marathon carrying a 40lb pack, amongst others. 35 runners broke Guinness World Records at last year’s Virgin London Marathon.
This year even more people are attempting to get their name in the Guinness World Records as they tackle the course on 22 April. And all those below are fundraising on Virgin Money Giving. Look out for them on the day if you’re running, or watching.
David Lawrenson has set himself the tall order of tackling the course dressed as the Blackpool Tower. He is after the record as the tallest costume worn while running a marathon. His costume is 24ft tall!
Fundraiser Sasha Kenney is in a spin, running for NSPCC. Sasha is attempting to get her name in the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon hula-hooping continuously around the course.
Eduard Egelie will be attempting to be the fastest runner dressed as a book character for Shelter, while Nigel Dalmut Rudd has done his homework and is attempting to be the fastest marathoner in a school uniform. Nigel is running for The Hampshire Autistic Society.
Mitch Perkins is relishing taking on the course dressed as a vegetable.
Hamish Adams-Cairns must be barking mad. He is attempting to break the three and a half hour barrier – dressed as a dog, all for the British Heart Foundation.
We’ll update nearer race weekend with more Guinness World Record attempts.
Best of luck!