Paul Cousins from Cedabond member Blue Elephant Catering set a new Guinness World Record at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Finishing in a time of 5:03:15, he is now the record-holder for running the fastest marathon dressed as a three dimensional aircraft – in this case a helicopter.
Cousins was one of 39 successful Guinness World Records broken from the 73 listed attempts at this year’s landmark race.
In setting the record, Cousins, who not surprisingly admits to loving helicopters, raised over £4,400 for his chosen charity, the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Speaking shortly after ‘touching down’ at the finish he said: “I am absolutely knackered. It was so hot out there in my costume and I could have stopped and walked several times but the crowd cheering for the helicopter gave me the strength to carry on.
“I am really chuffed with my time and world record finish. I am now looking forward to a well earned meal and a pint of cider.”
On the finish line to verify all new world records set was official Guinness World Records adjudicator Christopher Lynch, who said: “The finish line at the London Marathon is an incredible place to spend an afternoon – the outpouring of emotion from runners and spectators alike is heart-warming.
“It was a huge privilege to award so many new Guinness World Records titles today, the icing on the cake for the most determined and creative fun-runners. They’ve all raised significant funds for their chosen charities and they’ve earned a place in the records books – all in the London sunshine.”