Wedding dress world record for marathon runner

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.”

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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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