A man running for a Sheffield charity set a bizarre world
record at the London marathon yesterday.
Charlie Field, 41, became the fastest person ever to complete the London marathon dressed as a shoe.
The Holymoorside resident conquered the marathon in three hours 35 minutes and 19 seconds and has been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records after beating the previous holder’s time by 55 minutes.
Mr Field said: “I was really pleased with that, I don’t think it’s too bad considering I was dressed in fancy dress. I’m just really happy to have got the Guinness World Record.
“I have a couple of kids and they’re really excited about it, but the main thing was it really raised the profile of the charity.”
Mr Field was running for Endeavour, a charity based in Fir Vale, that works with ‘disadvantaged, disaffected and forgotten young people’ to help them take control of their futures.
He is the first contestant to run the London marathon for the charity and achieved his fundraising target the night before the run.
“On Saturday evening before I ran I went past my £2,500 target so it was really nice to know I had managed to raise that for the charity.
“As the first person to run for Endeavour that’s quite nice because it’s the first time Endeavour have had a spot. I think they (The London Marathon) had over 400,000 applicants this year so I feel quite lucky to have been able to run and raise the money,” he said
It was also the first time Mr Field had run in fancy dress and he admitted that the shoe costume which, started above his head and finished below his knees, made the crowded marathon difficult to navigate.
Graham Booth, Corporate Engagement Manager at Endeavour, was full of praise for the runner.
“We are really grateful for Charlie’s support in fundraising for the charity. £2,600 is an amazing amount for one person to raise and it will go a long way towards supporting local disadvantaged young people,” he said.
“Well done Charlie and thank you for all your efforts,” he added.
In the future Mr Field plans to go beyond the 26 and a half miles of a marathon.
He said: “I may try to do some ultra-marathons for charity. I’m considering a 100 mile run but we’ll see. I’m worried that if I did it, I might be out of action for quite some time.”