London Marathon 2016 Guinness World Record attempts

Fastest marathon dressed as a 3-D dinosaur

A bus fleet engineer from Crawley in West Sussex, Ian Bates has created arguably the finest costume ever to grace the circuit. The 3D dinosaur suit weighs 20kg and has taken 18 months to create – spectators will be running for the hills as he roars towards the finish line.

Charity: St Catherine’s Hospice

Fastest marathon carrying a household appliance

30-year-old Phillip Box has already run over 70 marathons and ultra-marathons. After completing a personal goal of running 100 miles in under 24 hours last year, he decided strapping a tumble dryer to his back was the only way to keep pushing himself. Once the Virgin Money London Marathon is behind him, Phillip plans to conquer Snowdon with his affectionately named ‘Tumble’, who weighs in at 24kg.

Charity: Polycystic Kidney Disease research

Fastest marathon in a four-person costume

Fire fighters Lee Small, James Lafferty, Michael Palmer and Stevie Clifford-Tucker will be displaying their superior coordination skills in their four-person fire engine, complete with working sirens.

Charity: The boys are celebrating the 150th birthday of the London Fire Brigade and raising money for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

Fastest marathon in a full body animal costume (female)

Gill Punt, a 45-year-old Development Officer at Chigwell School in Essex, has raised a whopping £250,000 for Cancer Research UK following the death of her father. She will running in a polar bear costume – the official mascot of Cancer Research UK.

Charity: Cancer Research UK

Fastest marathon dressed as a book character (female)

44-year-old mother of three Lisa Wilkinson from Reading, is running her 25th marathon this year. To celebrate her 15th time round the London circuit she is running for a place in the Guinness World Records book as Snow White.

Charity: Action on Hearing Loss

Record to beat: 03:39:49 

Fastest marathon dressed as a chef

This year will be Adrian Penfold’s second marathon and first attempt to break a Guinness World Record wearing a chef costume. His costume is inspired by his young son Coby who believes his dad is the world’s best chef! 'I explained that there was no way unfortunately, that I could be the world’s best chef, but that I may just be able to be the world’s fastest one!' said Penfold.

Charity: The Family Holiday Association

Fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform (male)

Alistair Smith has ran multiple marathons in the past but for this year’s London Marathon he wanted to add a twist to the proceedings. He hopes to run 2.45 or quicker in order to achieve the Guinness World Record of fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform. The 39-year-old is a client service director for an investment management firm and a father of two.

Charity: MS-UK

Fastest marathon as a fast food item (male)

His 29th marathon, Andy Hind hopes to achieve the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon as a fast food item. He has run in fancy dress before and attempted other records, but this year will be his first official attempt at setting a new Guinness World Record. Andy is a business analyst and a father of two. 

Charity: Mind

Fastest marathon in a two person costume

Robert Philip Johnson and his team of two hope to wow the crowd at this year’s London Marathon in a canoe costume. This unique idea requires two people to run together and pretend to 'battle' while the third is 'minding' the waves of running traffic. Robert ran the last 15 London Marathons and holds the record for 'fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional bird'. He is a chartered engineer and father of three.

CharityThe Children’s Trust and The Shakespeare Hospice

Fastest marathon dressed in riot gear

Chris Collier has ran four London Marathons in the past but this year’s marathon will be his first in riot gear. He ran in this costume at the 2015 Great North Run and decided to try again in a full marathon to attempt to hold the Guinness World Records title for Fastest marathon dressed in riot gear. Chris is the Captain of a Parachute Regiment and a die- hard Sunderland supporter. He currently resides in Richmond, North Yorkshire with his wife and three children. 

CharityCoeliac-UK

Charity Chosen: Coeliac-UK

Fastest marathon in a two-person costume

Last year Chris Coulson missed the the record for the fastest marathon dressed as a human organ by six minutes. He's back for another go, this time in a two-person costume. Chris is a neck and throat surgeon.

Charity: Get Ahead

Fastest marathon carrying a 100lb backpack

Chris Shirley has been vigorously preparing for this year’s London Marathon in the hope of becoming the new Guinness World Records title holder for fastest marathon carrying a 100lb backpack. He hopes to raise awareness of the great work they do for injured service people while fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a world record holder.

Charity: Walking with the Wounded

Fastest marathon in a ghillie suit (female)

Canadian Corin Alan Leach will be running in this year’s London Marathon in hopes of becoming Guinness World Records new title holder for fastest marathon dressed in a ghillie suit. Though this will be her first official road marathon, she is no rookie to endurance training. In the past Corin has completed two ultra-marathons, Dig Deep Intro Ultra and High Peak.

Charity: New Life Medical and Education Trust

Fastest marathon three-legged (male)

Damian Thacker and Luke Symonds from Hathersage, Peak District and Sheffield, South Yorkshire are friends, fathers and physiotherapists running in this year’s London Marathon with their feet tied together in an attempt to run the fastest three-legged marathon. Damian and Luke are running for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Charity: Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Fastest marathon dressed in chain mail

David is running for the London Air Ambulance as part of the London Freemasons pledge to raise £2 million towards the cost of a second air ambulance. He is currently the Operations Manager at Bacon’s College School, managing the Colleges Community programme.

Charity: London Air Ambulance

Fastest marathon dressed as a plant

David Ralph will be running his seventh marathon this year and hopes to achieve the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a plant in 3 hours and 30 minutes. He is running in support of Team Ella, an organisation that raises funds for various charities relating to still births. His sunflower plant costume is the logo used for Team Ella.

Charity: Team Ella

Fastest marathon in a firefighter’s uniform (female)

Erin Fairhead will be running in uniform in hopes of becoming the new Guinness World Records holder for fastest marathon dressed as a fire fighter. She is a retained firefighter, natural running coach and dog walker.

Charity: The Fire Fighters Charity

Fastest marathon dressed as a film character

Faye Morse AKA Tinkberbell is not new to the marathon scene or the Guinness World Record family. The mother of two will be celebrating her ninth marathon and fourth London Marathon by attempting to set the Guinness World Record of Fastest Marathon dressed as a film character. Faye came second for fastest marathon dressed in a nurse’s uniform in 2013. 

Charity: ChildLine

Fastest marathon by a mascot

This year’s London Marathon will be Francis Gilroy’s 45th marathon. He will be running in the same Harvey the Hospice mascot costume he wore two years ago. After losing to Harry the Hornet last year, he hopes to reclaim his title. A father of four, Francis is a self-employed physiotherapist. He will be running in support of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice charity in honour of his late wife.

Charity: Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Fastest marathon dressed as a crustacean

Greg Trevelyan hopes to run this year’s London Marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes to become the new Guinness World Records title holder for fastest marathon dressed as a crustacean. The father of two will also be celebrating his eighth marathon and fourth London Marathon. Greg is in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Charity: Miscarriage Association

Fastest marathon dressed as a tap

Ian Rule will be running this year’s London Marathon in support of Wateraid and hopes to achieve the Guinness World Record of fastest marathon dressed as a tap. Ian has worked with Wateraid for the past 20 years and also hopes to raise support for their End Thirst campaign; an initiative which aims to provide people all around the world with clean water and sanitation by 2030.

Charity: WaterAid

Fastest marathon in an animal costume (female)

To celebrate her 11th marathon, Katie hopes to achieve the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon in an animal costume. Just nine months after giving birth, Katie hopes to raise awareness and vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Fastest marathon dressed as a plant

The current Guinness World Records title holder for fastest marathon in a wedding dress, Lee Paul Goodwin is hoping to achieve another world record, this time dressed as a plant. He is running in a forget-me-not flower costume, representative of the Forget-Me-Not Rooms at the North Staffordshire Maternity Unit where his wife received great care after her miscarriage. Born and raised in Stoke, Lee works as a sports coach and bricklayer's labourer.

Charity: Forget Me Not Rooms at North Staffordshire Maternity Unit.

Fastest marathon wearing a replica astronaut suit (female)

Libby Jackson hopes to achieve the Guinness World Record of fastest marathon wearing a replica astronaut suit. She currently works for the UK Space Agency and manages the Education and Outreach programme for Tim Peake’s space mission. After hearing that Tim would be running the marathon in space, she was inspired to do the same on earth.

Charity: Prince’s Trust

Fastest marathon dressed in a dinosaur body suit

Mark Conlin hopes to become the world's fastest marathoner dressed in a dinosaur body suit. He is running for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honour of his 11-year-old son Matthew, who has type 1 diabetes. Mark ran his first half marathon because Matthew asked him to find a cure for his condition. 

Charity: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Fastest marathon in a scout uniform

Mark is hoping to nab the title of fastest marathon in a scout’s uniform. He also wants to raise awareness that scouts are still relevant in this 'iPad generation' and to show people that scouts don’t just sit around campfires and tie knots. He aims to achieve this record by running just under three hours.

Charity: Raise awareness for Scouts

Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut (male)

His 21st marathon, Martin Hewlett hopes to achieve the Guinness World records title of fastest marathon in an astronaut suit. His record attempt was inspired by Tim Peake, a British astronaut who is running the same marathon in space. He is also running in support of the Unogwaja light Fund. Martin is a fitness instructor and stay-at-home dad for his eighteen month old son Sebastian.

Charity: Unogwaja Light Fund Donation 

Fastest marathon dressed as a plant

Matthew Plant will be running London Marathon as a plant! This 6’2" sunflower hopes to achieve the Guinness World records title of fastest marathon as a plant. 

Fastest marathon dressed as a human organ

His eighth marathon, Michael John Stevenson hopes to achieve the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a human organ. In 2014 he attempted the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a lifeguard but was beaten by eight minutes. He is running in honour of his uncle who passed two years ago due to prostate cancer. Michael is a veterinary surgeon and lives with his wife and three kids in Stroud.

Charity: Prostate Cancer UK  

Fastest marathon dressed as a book character (female)

Naomi will be attempting to achieve the Guinness Worlds Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a book character. She is also participating in The Grizzly (a 20 mile off-road race in Seaton, Devon) and the Taunton Half Marathon. 

Fastest marathon dressed in a graduation gown (male)

Owen Arthurs will be running his fifth marathon this year dressed head to toe in a graduation gown in the hopes of achieving a world record. As a professor and lover of academia, he believed this fancy dress was very fitting. He will be raising money and awareness for Whizz Kids, an organisation that provides powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs, trikes and buggies for disabled children.

Charity: Whizz Kids

Fastest marathon dressed as an Elf

Petr Hruska has been training hard for this year’s London Marathon in hopes of achieving the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as an elf. He is a travel consultant and lives with his wife and two children in Kingston. He and his family love Christmas so an elf costume seemed like the perfect choice. 

Fastest marathon dressed as a chef carrying a 3kg wok

This year Phil Olden will be running his seventh marathon and hopes to become the fastest marathoner dressed as a chef carrying a 3kg kitchen utensil in the process. He will be running in support of Great Ormond St. Hospital where his daughter received heart surgery. He is the managing director of Model Technics Ltd and is married with two daughters.

Charity: Great Ormond St Hospital

Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut

Phillip Mins will end his marathon running career at this year’s London Marathon so he wanted to go out with a bang. This will be his first and last Guinness World records attempt. He is the residential director for Harrods Estates and is married with four children. He is running in support of NSPCC and Tim Peake’s marathon efforts from orbit.

Charity: NSPCC

Fastest marathon dressed as a gingerbread man

Richard Kell will be running his 110th marathon/ultra marathon at this year’s London Marathon. A long-time lover of Shrek with a boyhood dream of being the fastest gingerbread on the planet, Richard hopes to achieve the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a gingerbread man. Last year he attempted the record of fastest marathon dressed as a boxer but missed his goal by a few minutes.

Charity: Help for Heroes

Fastest marathon dressed as a fast food product (male)

After having the best four hours of his life running in last year’s London Marathon, Ryan Deering is back to run his third marathon. This year is particularly special because he is running in the hope of achieving the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a fast food product.

Charity: Mental Health Foundation

Fastest marathon in highland dress

Scottish and proud, Scott Boyd will be running his sixth marathon dressed in a kilt in the hope of achieving the Guinness World Records title for fastest marathon in highland dress.

Charity: British Heart Foundation

Fastest marathon in a film character costume (male)

Sean Fitzpatrick will be running his ninth marathon dressed as Elsa from Frozen in honour of a friend who passed away. The Rebecca Cannon Vitality Fund Donation provides funding to various local charities in Dorking, Surrey, with a particular focus on homeless and disadvantaged children charities.

Charity: The Rebecca Cannon Vitality Fund

Fastest marathon dressed as a human organ

Steve Colley is running London in the hope of achieving the Guinness World Records title of fastest marathon dressed as a human organ. An accomplished runner and a doctor, Steve is running for the charity Visually Impaired Children Take Action.

Charity: VICTA

Fastest marathon dressed as a circus strongman (male)

Last year Steven Reading attempted to achieve the title of fastest marathon dressed as a company mascot but narrowly missed his goal. A personal trainer, the father of two and grandfather of two is back again this year in the hope of running the fastest marathon dressed as a circus strongman. 

Fastest marathon dressed as a police radio/mobile phone

Last year Thomas Bolton attempted to run the fastest marathon dressed as a Tardis, but was just shy of beating the time. Keen to stick with the police theme, the 35-year-old police officer is back again hoping to become the fastest marathoner dressed as a police radio.

Charity: Headway EN

Fastest marathon dressed as a shoe

Thomas Winkler hopes to run the world's fastest marathon dressed as a shoe in aid of Cancer Research UK, a charity that's close to his heart after losing his mother to the disease in 2015. He plans to apply his mother’s wisdom and strong mentality to his training in order to achieve his goal and cross the finish line.

Charity: Cancer Research UK