Yate man is world’s fastest unicorn
A YATE man has claimed a world record by completing the London Marathon while dressed as a unicorn.
Andrew Taylor needed to complete the course in under four hours to secure the Guinness World Record in the “fastest marathon dressed as a mythical creature (male)” category on Sunday.
He did it with just under two minutes to spare, finishing in 3 hours, 58 minutes and 5 seconds.
He took on the challenge to set the new record and boost funds for South Gloucestershire children’s hospice at home charity Jessie May.
So far he has raised more than £1,400 for the charity.
Andy, who became a father to twins Evelyn and Jackson in December, has run four marathons before, including two previous London Marathons.
Andy with the certificate certifying his Guinness World Record
The owner of Blast Fitness gym in Yate, who proposed to his now wife Charlotte on the finish line of the London Marathon in 2014, said: “What a day Sunday turned out to be. Congratulations to all the other Jessie May runners – I hope they all had a successful day too.
“Fancy dress had to be the best decision I’ve ever made. The crowds were phenomenal; there was a Mexican wave of screams the whole way round. I’ve done London twice before, but never known an atmosphere like this was.
“I spent the first 20 miles smiling, laughing and waving the whole time. The last 6 were pretty tough. I knew how close I was to the record, so had to really dig deep and persevere through the burning and the cramps. With about 800m to go I was pretty sure I had the record in the bag so I chucked in a little sprint finish just to be sure.
“The feeling of crossing the line was unreal. I made great friends with many other record breakers too. I felt a bit dizzy and sick for a few hours after, but by 6pm was settled in a pub with a mixed grill and a lager!”
Helen Mackie, Senior Community Events Fundraiser at Jessie May, said: “We are so proud of Andy – what a magical achievement! We are thrilled he set the new world record and absolutely loved his unicorn attire!
“Andy also smashed his £1,000 fundraising target for Jessie May which is incredible. Every penny of the £1,423.22 raised will help our nurses continue to provide their vital support to families in their homes. Thank you so, so much Andy for your amazing support.
“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all our other fantastic London Marathon runners! What a team.”
You can still sponsor Andy’s fundraising by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page.