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Fastest runner dressed as a lobster – and other bizarre marathon records

Sunday’s London Marathon will see no fewer than 58 unusual record attempts – here’s a quick look at some of this year’s oddest endeavours

For most people, running 26.2 miles is quite hard enough. For others, doing the London Marathon this Sunday in anything less than full body armour, backwards, carrying a household appliance – and then doing it again in the other direction – is for wimps. Or at any rate, won’t land you in the Guinness Book of Records – and, less flippantly, wouldn’t raise nearly as much money for charity. This year’s race will see attempts at no fewer than 58 records, from the fastest runner in a scout uniform to the quickest caveman. Here are some of the oddest endeavours:

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