London Marathon: Nurse in Trousers Told Her Record will be Reviewed

An NHS nurse Jessica Anderson who ran the London marathon was told her Guinness World Record attempt would not count because she was not wearing a dress. Jessica Anderson ran the London Marathon wearing her nurse’s uniform, aiming to beat the current record of 3:08:54. She ran 3:08:22 at the weekend and become the fastest female marathon runner. Yet her record has not been recognized by Guinness World Records (GWR) as her nurse’s uniform doesn’t match the criteria.

Guinness World Record (GWR) rules specify that a nurse’s uniform must include a blue or white dress, a white pinafore apron and a traditional white nurse’s cap. Anderson was told that scrubs could be confused with the fancy dress requirements for a doctor’s uniform.

Speaking to Runner’s World, Anderson, who finished in a time of 3:08:22, called the uniform requirements “outdated” and said: “I was quite taken aback when I read that they’d rejected my application and I did email them to ask them to reconsider but they said no. Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers. I’ve certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work.”

Although GWR told Anderson in February that she had missed the deadline for costume submissions, the organization has now announced that her record will be reviewed. In a tweet, GWR stated: “We’re aware of the news surrounding Jessica Anderson’s attempt for the fastest marathon dressed a nurse at this year’s London Marathon.

> Alma Siddiqua



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