Wedding dress world record for marathon runner

Sidmouth runner, Naomi Garrick, is triumphant after entering the Guinness World Records book for running the fastest time at the London Marathon dressed in a wedding outfit. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8087-17-12AW

Sidmouth runner, Naomi Garrick, is triumphant after entering the Guinness World Records book for running the fastest time at the London Marathon dressed in a wedding outfit. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8087-17-12AW

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A Sidford woman ran into the record books after completing the fastest marathon in a wedding dress in London.

Naomi Garrick hopes the publicity from her Guinness World Record-breaking time can help her raise money for the Buturi Project in Tanzania.

The 43-year-old teacher has since been on the BBC and ITV’s This Morning since smashing the time for a marathon in a wedding dress by half an hour.

Naomi said: “I saw the record was 4hrs 11mins, and I had run 3hrs 48mins twice before, so I thought it was possible.”

The mother-of-three had some stiff competition, with several other women all competing in their bridal-wear.

But she was the first to cross the line, overtaking a rival runner with just five mile lefts.

She said: “I knew it would be hard, she went out in front of me, and she was 13 years younger, but I caught her up and thought I’d just go for it.”

And as she reached the finish line at the end of the gruelling 26 mile race, the tannoy played Here Comes the Bride to accompany her record-breaking time of 3hrs 41mins.

Naomi described the scene after she completed the marathon: “It was amazing, all the cameras were there, all they wanted to do was interview me.

“I said ‘can I just have some water first please’!”

Since Sunday’s race she has garnered plenty of publicity as well as a place in the Guinness World Records, and hopes she can attract more funds to help ship tables, chairs and other resources over to a new school being built in Buturi.

To help the project you can donate money by sending a cheque to ‘Naomi Garrick Buturi Project’, to her house; Rose Bank, Fry’s Lane, Sidford, or by dropping it off at Saana House African shop in Sidmouth High Street.


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