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  • 14 April 2014, 18:27

London Marathon: 30 New World Records Set

World Records tumbled during Sunday's Virgin London Marathon, including fastest marathon by a marching band, fastest marathon dressed in an animal costume and fastest marathon by a telephone box.

Guinness World Records have confirmed 30 new records were achieved out of a total of more than 100 attempts during the huge running event.

Alex Collins, from London, was the first runner to record a Guinness World Record. The 33-year-old crossed the line in 2 hours and 48 minutes dressed in an all-body tiger costume, to become the fastest ever person wearing an animal costume to complete a marathon.

Exeter's David Stone, 31, was the next runner to cross the line and break a record. Dressed as a Thunderbird, he ran the fastest marathon dressed as a television character in a time of 2 hours 49 minutes.

Sid Keyte also broke a record in fancy dress, finishing in 5 hours and 54 minutes dressed as a telephone box. No telephone box has ever done better.

It was not all fancy dress, however. Susie Hewer, 56, from East Sussex, broke her own Guinness World Record title for the longest crochet chain while running a marathon. Her 34th marathontook her 5 hours 40 minutes and the chain measured 139.4m.

The final record to be achieved on the day was the Huddersfield Marathon Band, who reclaimed their record for the fastest marathon by a marching band. The 33 ensemble finished in 6 hours 56 minutes, helping to raise nearly 60k for their charity, Sense.

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