Nurse Marathon Runner Denied World Record Because She Wore Scrubs

A woman who wanted to break the Guinness World Record for running a marathon “dressed as a nurse” was told her successful try doesn’t counteven though she actually beat the previous record’s time. Why? She was wearing scrubs instead of a skirt. Jessica Anderson works as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital and ran last week’s London Marathon wearing what she wears to work, but apparently that nurse’s uniform “isn’t official.”

Anderson was told by Guinness World Records that she would need to run in a blue and white dress, apron, and traditional nurse’s cap for her win to be valid. Apparently, the scrubs she wore are too close to their definition of a doctor’s uniform. She asked Guinness to reconsider, but they’ve denied her request (so far).

“Their definition is just so outdated,” Anderson says. “Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses, but mostly we wear scrubs. I’ve certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work.” The good news? Guinness now says it’s going to review this record title so this won’t be a problem in the future.

  • For the record, Anderson ran the marathon in three-hours, eight-minutes, and 22-seconds, beating the previous record by 32-seconds, so she’d have been the new record holder if not for the skirt issue.




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