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Published on May 15th, 2019 | by Sam Rose

London Marathon 2019 – A Guinness World Record Breaking Year!

It was another exciting race this year in the London Marathon 2019 – and a record-breaking year also too!

Whilst nearly a month has passed since the general public took to the streets of London to take part in the London Marathon 2019, the event saw a record-breaking year for Guinness World Record attempts – with 38 new titles set!

According to figures posted on the Guinness World Record website, 78 participants lined up ready to enter into the record books on Sunday 28th April dressed in outfits that ranged from slightly unusual to the completely bizarre!

Here’s a closer look at some of the entrants who took part in the event and broke a Guinness World Record in the process.

Fastest Marathon at London Marathon 2019 Dressed as an Awareness Ribbon (Male)

Purple Ribbon


Clocking in an impressive finish time of 2 hours 36 minutes and 52 seconds, Oliver Williams ran the entire London Marathon whilst dressed as a purple awareness ribbon and set a brand-new Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Marathon Dressed as an Awareness Ribbon’.

On his JustGiving page, Williams says he ran the race dressed as an awareness ribbon in order to help raise awareness and funds towards Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The charity and the Guinness World Record attempt are something close to Williams’ heart as he sadly lost his Auntie to pancreatic cancer in 2017.

Williams received his Guinness World Record certificate shortly often crossing the finish line in The Mall, setting both a brand-new record and raising money towards a very worthwhile cause in the process.

Fastest Marathon Dressed in a Full-Body Animal Costume (Female)

Atlanta Zoo Panda

Whilst perhaps not as unconventional as dressing as an awareness ribbon, Kate Carter’s Guinness World Record attempt was a little more on the wild side!

Dressed in a full-body Panda costume, Kate Carter, presenter for the Running Channel, ran the entirety of the London Marathon 2019 to raise money for the WWF.

She set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Marathon in a Full-Body Animal Costume’ with a finishing time of 3 hours 48 minutes and 32 seconds.

Commenting more about her experience running the race, Carter expressed:

“It was an amazing experience.

It was really hard in a different way from normal running, but also just magical.

The looks on kids faces as you go passed them was just amazing.

The support in London is always amazing, but running in a furry suit just blows it out the water, hearing ‘go panda, go panda, go panda’ just constantly.”

Fastest Marathon at London Marathon 2019 Dressed as a Nut (Female)


The prospect of some of us here at Post Office Shop and Post Office Shop Blog running a marathon in any fancy dress costume is a bit nuts – and then we realised that Sally Orange ran the entire London Marathon 2019 route whilst dressed as one!

Orange set a brand-new Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Nut’ with a finishing time of 4 hours 9 minutes and 51 seconds.

A keen running enthusiast, Orange claims that many of her friends and family think she’s completely nuts for the number of marathons that she takes part in which was her inspiration behind the costume, along with helping to also raise awareness for Mental Health.

“It was amazing, I absolutely loved it.

For the first time ever I was stopped on Tower Bridge for an interview, but I had to run past them as I had a record to get!

I’m so excited, it’s my third record – the other two have both been broken.

Everyone thinks I’m completely nuts for all the marathons I do, so that’s why I decided to run as a nut.

But the more serious part is I wanted to raise awareness for mental health, and I think together we can all crack it.”

Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Post Box (Male)

Postbox London Marathon 2019

We couldn’t finish this list of some of the Guinness World Records that were broken during London Marathon 2019 without mentioning something with a Postage and Mailing theme!

Matthew Collins, from Dublin, raced in the marathon to help raise money for Dementia Revolution and as a way to honor his uncle, a postman who had sadly suffered with dementia during his later years.

Carrying the Royal Mail on his back (almost literally!), Collins broke the Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Post Box’ by crossing the finish line with a time of 3 hours 14 minutes and 32 seconds.

A Royally impressive feat for another great cause we think you’ll agree!

Big Ben Takes Part in the London Marathon

Big Ben

With all the wacky costumes and unique attire many were wearing this year for the London Marathon 2019, we must spare a thought for Lukas Bates from Maidstone in Kent.

Racing for yet another fantastic charitable cause in Alzheimer’s Research UK, Bates was aiming to also break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Landmark Building.’

Unfortunately, Bates was unable to better the current world record holder’s time of 3 hours 34 minutes and 34 seconds – and had a bit of a mishap as he was about to cross the finish line too!

Sprinting the course dressed as one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, Big Ben, Bates slightly underestimated the height of his costume (a costume which towered roughly 1.5 metres above his head!) and almost didn’t fit underneath the finish line’s standing structure!

Luckily Bates received assistance to help guide him across the line after a brief struggle and took the incident all in his stride.

We’ll certainly be interested to see what landmark he might be planning to run as in next year’s London Marathon if he takes part and will be willing him on to break the Guinness World Record on a potential second attempt!

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