Wednesday 20 September 2017

Mum who ran London Marathon dressed as witch didn't break world record 'because her dress was too short'

Nicola Nuttall said she bought the dress on eBay and had the costume approved by Guinness World Records
Nicola Nuttall said she bought the dress on eBay and had the costume approved by Guinness World Records
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A mother who ran the London Marathon dressed as a witch believed she had broken a world record but was told it was dismissed because her dress was too short.

Nicola Nuttall ran the marathon in April in three hours and 31 minutes, breaking the Guinness World Record by 29 minutes.

She ran the marathon in a witch’s dress, hat and broom and was told that her record wasn’t recognised by adjudicators because her dress was too short.

A spokesman for the Guinness World Records said Miss Nuttall, from Pendle, Lancashire, was not awarded the record because she ran in an altered and "substantially shorter dress" than the one they approved for the race.

The mother-of-two told the Telegraph that she was “disappointed” by the decision.

"I feel like I've let everybody down. I feel like a failure. I've been back and forth to them but they have been so strict and inflexible,” she said.

Nicola said she bought the dress on eBay and had the costume approved by Guinness World Records.

She altered the dress with two side panels and Guinness said that she didn’t keep to the guidelines.

"Unfortunately, while Nicola's pre-marathon photo met our guidelines of having a floor length dress, her photos from the day show her with a substantially shorter dress with slits cut in for more movement,” said a statement from Guinness.

They said they “admire Nicola raising money for charity and attempting to set a Guinness World Record in the process”.

Nicola said that the only consolation is the she raised £1,700 for the Alzheimer's Society. 

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