London Marathon 2015 Guinness World Records attempts

Jerry Knox – Fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs

Fresh from breaking the fastest marathon while dribbling a basketball record at the Camarillo Marathon this January in a time of 03:11:26, American Jerry Knox is looking to now conquer the London Marathon. 

It will be Californian based Jerry’s 58th marathon and he is hoping that he can better his current time and earn a spot in the Guinness World Records 2016 edition to boot. Away from running, Jerry is a Geography teacher and married father of two.

Record to beat: 04:39:12

Natalie Eckert – Fastest marathon wearing high heels

This will be 37 year-old mother-of-five Natalie’s first ever marathon and she has decided to run it in quite possibly the toughest footwear imaginable: high heels. Read our interview with Natalie here. The chosen heels are three inches high, bought from a high street chain store. An experienced runner, Natalie wanted to do something a little different for her first marathon.  
 

Record to beat: 7 hours 

Justin Hennessey – Fastest marathon dressed as a boxer

Casino Croupier Justin Hennessey from Gravesend is lacing up his gloves to take on the Virgin London Marathon for the first time. With a dozen marathons and an Iron Man under his belt, Justin hopes to beat his current 3:35:34 PB and impress his daughter in the process.

Record to beat: 03:35:34 

Andy Nice – Fastest marathon by a mascot (male)

This will be marathon number 67 for Mothercare Director Andy, who is also running Boston the week before. He anticipates running in his Watford themed hornet costume will be tough, but is relishing the challenge. Andy is hoping to raise as much money as possible for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust after they looked after his premature nephew.

Record to beat: 03:51:50

Andrew Smith – Fastest marathon dressed as a plant

London based Andrew, who is a researcher fellow at University College London, has his heart set on achieving a Guinness World Records title. This will be his 14th marathon and fifth Virgin London Marathon. He has previously run the race dressed as a zombie, a piece of fruit and the tallest costume but this year he hopes to achieve a record for dressing up as cacti. Andrew is running to raise money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to mark 10 years since his father passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Record to beat: 04:30:00 

Gemma Kirkham – Fastest marathon dressed as a framed painting (female)

Gemma always wanted to set the world record for the fastest 100m but once she discovered this was an unrealistic ambition, she decided to set her sights on becoming the fastest marathon runner in a picture frame. On race day the full time mother of three will depict the Mona Lisa. She is adapting well to running in the rather unique attire, despite having no access to her arms. Gemma will be raising money for the Lullaby Trust.

Record to beat: 04:30:00

Adam Jones – Fastest Marathon dressed as a leprechaun

A qualified ski, climbing and kayak instructor, Adam Jones from Sussex is hoping to break the world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a leprechaun. Having run the Virgin London Marathon in an impressive time of 02:58, he hopes to beat the current record by over ten minutes. Adam will be running to raise money for Scope.

Record to beat: 03:09:40 

Dr Suthan Ulakanathan - Fastest Marathon dressed in a Sari

Suthan will mark 10 years since he ran the 2005 London Marathon dressed as a nurse by running this year’s race dressed in a sari. This is his second marathon to date and he is raising funds for the Round Table Children Wish Foundation.

Record to beat: 04:30:00

Andy Church, Heather Smith and Laura Jones – Fastest Marathon in a three-person costume

A group of runners from Witney, who all represent the same running club, will be dressed as three of the most iconic animated film characters of all time: Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Woody from Toy Story. All three have run over 40 marathons between them and will be connected together by a toy box. The trio are raising funds for Action Pulmonary Fibrosis, a cause close to their heart having lost a friend to the rare condition.

Record to beat: 05:45:00 

Marc Jenner – Fastest Marathon carrying an 80lb Pack

Having previously run London dressed as a rhino and Bagpuss, Marc has previous experience running the London Marathon with a heavy load. This year he is attempting the world record for a number of reasons: his mother is fighting cancer and he wants to do her proud by completing the race, to celebrate his 40th birthday and to raise funds for child institutions and under equipped orphanages in Europe.

Record to beat: 05:58:58 

Neil Sharma – Fastest marathon dressed as a human organ

Working in the healthcare industry specialising in ear, throat and nose surgery, Neil will be dressed as a giant nose. This will be his second marathon after running the Chicago Marathon in 2003. The married father of two works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and is raising funds for local charity Get Ahead Charitable Trust which researches head and neck cancers nationally.

Record to beat: 03:36:42

Terry Bradbury – Fastest marathon dressed as a Tool (tape measure)

Former Royal Navy member, Terry maintains this will be his last marathon, so he is hoping to go out with a bang by achieving a Guinness World Records title. Terry took inspiration from a man dressed in a wedding dress during last year’s race. A grandfather, Terry will be raising funds for Donna Louise Trust who raise awareness for sick children.

Record to beat: 04:00:00  

Thomas Bolton –Fastest marathon dressed as a telephone box

Thomas currently works for the London Met Police and came up with the idea to dress as the Tardis after reading the Virgin London Marathon Magazine. Having run the race in 2013 he enjoyed it so much he wanted to return and this time he'll have his daughter in town. Thomas will be raising funds for Headway, who specialise in providing care for people following brain surgery.

Record to beat: 05:54:52 

Tom Jones – Fastest Marathon Dressed as a musical instrument

Tom will be running this year’s Virgin London Marathon as part of a bigger challenge, as he aims to run 12 marathons in 12 months for Cancer Research UK. An accountant based in Liverpool, Tom vowed to never run the London Marathon in fancy dress because he struggles as it is in normal running gear, but sees this as a great opportunity to achieve a record and raise much needed funds for charity. 

Record to beat: 04:00:00  

Debbie Leeland & Paula Marshall – Fastest Marathon three legged (female)

Friends Debbie and Paula will be putting their friendship to the test when they will attempt to complete the Virgin London Marathon course tied together at the ankle. In what will need to be a coordinated and well-paced attempt, the pair must run in under 4 and a half hours to achieve a Guinness World Records title.

Record to beat: 04:30:00