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Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, has supported many individuals who have attempted records while running the London Marathon.

Since 2007 Guinness has officially partnered the London Marathon to adjudicate record attempts in the mass event on the day and present successful record-breakers with certificates at the Finish Line.

The last time the traditional mass event was held in 2019, 38 world records were broken from 78 attempts, including the record for fastest marathon dressed as a love heart, set by Thomas Brockwell who crossed the line in 3:05:32.

Last year, the event itself set a Guinness World Record when the first-ever virtual Virgin Money London Marathon saw 37,966 people take part – a record for the most users to run a remote marathon in a 24-hour period.

A huge 49 world records are being attempted this year in the mass Virgin Money London Marathon, featuring a total of 68 participants. A team of Guinness World Records adjudicators will be on hand to check costumes, verify times and confirm successful individuals as official Guinness World Record title holders, earning them a coveted place in the 2023 book, out in September 2022.

The Guinness World Records attempts include:

  • Fastest marathon dressed as a cheerleader (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in traditional Spanish dress (female)
  • Fastest marathon run by father and son
  • Fastest marathon in a firefighter's uniform (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional plant (female)
  • Fastest marathon with two runners handcuffed together (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in a safari suit (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a hospital patient (male)
  • Fastest marathon in full military uniform (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a cheerleader (female)
  • Fastest marathon wearing handcuffs (female)
  • Fastest marathon carrying a bicycle
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional aircraft (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a sweet food (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a piece of medical equipment (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a sweet food (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a scientist (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in pyjamas (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as an astronomical body (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a supervillain (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a scientist (female)
  • Fastest marathon ran as a three-dimensional toy (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a Star Wars character (male)
  • Fastest marathon wearing Wellington boots (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional television character (male)
  • Fastest marathon four legged (male)
  • Fastest marathon wearing ski boots (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in a football/soccer kit (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a mummy (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in a tree costume (male)
  • Fastest marathon in a six-person costume
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a rotating puzzle cube (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a ninja (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a star (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a mountain climber (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in a rugby kit (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a golfer (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a glass (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed in pyjamas (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a mammal (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as an alien (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a harlequin (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a telephone box
  • Fastest marathon in a two-person costume
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a sailor (female)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a jockey
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a body part (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a submarine (male)
  • Fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional card (male)