Imagine running 26.2 miles as Big Ben and getting stuck at the finish line?
Lukas Bates, 30, from Maidstone, in the U.K, tried to get into the Guinness World Records Book for fastest marathon time dressed as a landmark.
No mean feat to undertake, the current world record stands at 34 minutes and 34 seconds. The record was set by Richard Mietz at the Berlin Marathon in September last year when he ran dressed as the Holstentor city gate in Lubeck.
Unfortunately for Mr. Bates his speed and perhaps height inhibited taking the world record. Mr Bates finished with a time of three hours and 54 minutes.
The top of his Big Ben costume clipped the top of the finish line, requiring the assistance of a volunteer to cross the final finish line.
Bates has run the marathon before, his best time is two hours and 59 minutes – when not dressed as a huge clock. “Having run the London Marathon four times previously, this year I decided I wanted to do something different, have a bit of fun and wear a crazy costume.”
And of course, no London Marathon is complete without attendance from a Royal. Prince Harry stopped by to congratulate athletes. During his visit, Prince Harry met with volunteers, watched the runners and presented medals to the London Marathon and Wheelchair winners, including the World Para Athletics World Championship Marathon. As the Patron for The London Marathon Charitable Trust, the Prince was incredibly proud to see the charity surpass a record breaking 1-billion pounds raised.
So while Mr. Bates didn’t break the World Record, the Marathon fundraising sure did!