4 World Records at Sydney Running Festival!

Australia gained four new Guinness World Records™title holders today as they ran their way history at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. The group was part of six attempts which took place during the festival’s fourth year partnership with the global authority on record-breaking achievement. 

The runners were tasked with achieving record-breaking times dressed in quirky costumes, from TV character, Betty Rubble, to a pirate and tennis player complete with racquet. 

The first Guinness World Records runners to finish was Mark Follett, who completed the marathon in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 23 seconds while dressed as a tennis player, smashing the previous record by 13 minutes and 39 seconds.

A list of the Guinness World Records titles secured and others attempted today are below. Each was notified of their record-breaking feat as they crossed the finish line and presented with an official Guinness World Records certificate.


  1. Mark Follett, Fastest marathon dressed as a tennis player, 3:13:23
  2. John Waterfield, Fastest marathon dressed as a rugby player, 3:18:17
  3. Andrew Keighran, Fastest marathon in a highland dressed, 3:20:17
  4. Bethany Wormald, Fastest marathon dressed as a TV character (female), 3:54:48

Others attempted:

  1. Michelle Watts, Fastest marathon dressed as a pirate (female)
  2. William Bond, Fastest marathon dressed in a Kung Fu uniform

Guinness World Records adjudicator, Pete Fairbairn, was on deck to verify the titles saying, “Today we had the most participants ever at Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. It has been a fantastic and exciting day. Congratulations to the runners who achieved Guinness World Records titles. They are no mean feat! We can’t wait to see what next year holds”.

For further information visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com