Wednesday 24 January 2018

Marathon runners set world records

A runner in fancy dress passes through Parliament Square
A runner in fancy dress passes through Parliament Square

World records fell thick and fast at the London Marathon as runners dressed as cartoon characters, super heroes and leprechauns crossed the finish line.

The first home was David Ross, 42, from Sutton, dressed as Fred Flintstone and brandishing an inflatable club.

His time of three hours, seven minutes and 34 seconds earned him the title of fastest cartoon character.

The City sales account manager, who was running his 175th marathon, said: "I got a bit tired saying 'Yabba Dabba Doo'.

"But it's a very proud moment. It's been a good day."

Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice became the first member of the royal family to run the marathon. The Princess, 21, crossed the finish line in five hours, 15 minutes and 57 seconds as part of a 34-man "human caterpillar" which set the Guinness World Record for the most number of runners tied together.

Police officer Jill Christie, 27, from Brentford, north-west London, was dressed as Superwoman and was raising money for Crimestoppers.

She became the fastest female dressed as a super hero, finishing in three hours, eight minutes and 55 seconds.

She said: "I'm really chuffed. At 19 miles I had a really bad stitch and had to walk but everybody in the crowd was encouraging me to keep going.

"I recommend dressing in a costume even if you're not going for a record because you get so much encouragement."

Press Association

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