LONDON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Guinness World Records, the official authority on record-breaking, today confirmed that 35 new Guinness World Records were achieved at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon; more than at any time in the event's history. 150 runners were provided with on-the-spot verification as they attempted to break records ranging from the Fastest Marathon Juggling a Football to the Most Rubik's Cubes Solved Whilst Running a Marathon.
Superman, AKA David Stone from Exmouth in Devon, flew through the finish line in a time of 2 hours 42 minutes and 46 seconds, smashing the record for the Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Superhero in the process. Hot on his heels was Sheffield's Jon Morgan who, dressed as Fred Flintstone, recorded a time of 2hours 46minuted and 59seconds breaking the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Cartoon Character.
Male runners wearing 'female nurse' uniform always go down well with the marathon spectators, but Kevin Harvey, a 36 year-old physiotherapist from Birmingham, proved no laughing matter with a finish time of 2hours 52minutes and 26seconds, breaking the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon in a Nurse's Uniform. Arguably the most impressive run on the day came from Carl Creasey who attempted the Fastest Marathon Carrying 60 lb pack. A Sergeant serving in the Royal Marines, Carl from Ipswich achieved an agonising new record in a time of 4hours 50minutes and 56seconds.
Marathon stalwart John Sandford Hart from Mudeford achieved two Guinness World Records with Fastest Marathon Completed on Crutches - one leg (6h 24m 48s) and Most Marathons Completed on Crutches (6).
Germany's Uli Killian achieved a new Guinness World Record for the Most Rubik's Cubes Solved Whilst Running a Marathon (100 solved in 4hours 45minutes 43seconds), while a team of 47 runners led by David Whillans showed true team-work by making it round the course in 7h 28m 43s to take the record for the Most Runners Linked to Complete a Marathon.
One of the final Guinness World Records achieved on the day also provided the most jubilant celebrations. 7 hours and 55 minutes after the marathon officially started, a band consisting of 20 musicians crossed the finishing line and achieving a new Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marching Band, having played for the entire 26.2 mile course.
Full List of Guinness World Records Achieved on the day:
Record Category Name Time Fastest marathon in superhero costume (male) David Stone 2h 42m 46s Fastest marathon dressed as a cartoon character Jon Morgan 2h 46m 59s Fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform (male) Kevin Harvey 2h 52m 26s Fastest marathon dressed as a book character (male) David Ross 3h 02m 30s Fastest marathon in an animal costume (male) Martin Indge 3h 04m 00s Fastest marathon in police uniform Paul Swan 3h 09m 52s Fastest marathon dressed as a fairy (male) David Hellard 3h 10m 56s Fastest marathon dressed as a jester Alexander Scherz 3h 11m 57s Fastest marathon dressed as a Viking Ben Afforselles 3h 12m 11s Fastest marathon wearing a gas mask Andy McMahon 3h 12m 11s Fastest marathon dressed as a fairy (female) Emily Foran 3h 20m 52s Fastest marathon dressed as television character (male) Simon Bryant 3h 21m 22s Fastest marathon dressed as a sailor Subhashis Basu 3h 24m 12s Fastest marathon in an animal costume (female) Barbara Stcherbatcheff 3h 42m 11s Fastest marathon dressed as a gingerbread man David Smith 3h 42m 20s Fastest marathon dressed as a lifeguard David Bayley 3h 44m 33s Fastest marathon dressed as a fruit Mike Barton 3h 45m 42s Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut Darren Cox 3h 53m 21s Fastest marathon dressed as a bottle (male) Gavin Rees 3h 53m 26s Fastest marathon dressed as a nun Ben Bradley 4h 00m 28s Fastest marathon carrying 40 lb pack Lee Riley 4h 01m 17s Fastest marathon dressed as a Roman soldier Les Slinn 4h 05m 34s Fastest marathon dressed as a vegetable (female) Julie Tapley 4h 06m 17s Fastest marathon in a wedding dress Eleanor Franks 4h 11m 01s Fastest marathon dressed as a Mr. Potato Head Peter Barlow 4h 17m 38s Fastest marathon carrying 60 lb pack Carl Creasey 4h 50m 56s Fastest married couple Jez Mancer (2:35:36) and Lucy Mancer (3:02:00) 5h 37m 36s Fastest parent and child same sex Kelvin Amos (3:12:04) and Shane Amos (2:51:03) 6h 03m 07s Fastest parent and child mixed Richard Collinson (2:45:26) and Libby Collinson (3:36:39) 6h 22m 05s Fastest marathon completed on crutches (one leg) John Sandford Hart 6h 24m 48s Most marathons completed on crutches John Sandford Hart 6 marathons Fastest marching band to complete a marathon 7hr 55m Most money raised by a marathon Total amount runner Steve Chalke TBC but already over GBP1.8m Most Rubik's Cubes solved running 100 cubes in a marathon Uli Killian (Germany) 4h 45m 43s Most runners linked to complete Scope team led by David 47 runners in a marathon Whillans a time of 7h 28m 43s
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