47 staff from the London Fire Brigade attended the London Marathon this year in celebration of their 150th anniversary year. However Lee Small, Stevie Clifford-Tucker, Mick Palmer and firefighter Jim Lafferty of the London Fire Brigade decided to wear slightly different attire as they attempted an incredibly amusing world record. On April 24th, the four wore a fire engine costume in hope to break the world record for the ‘fastest time in a four-person costume’. The current record of 6 hours, 23 minutes and 3 seconds was set by Wolverhampton Bobsled Team who dressed like the famous Jamaican Bobsled Team.
The London Fire Brigade take part to raise money as well as to promote important fire safety messages to thousands of people that like the way. Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner added that “The London Marathon has been a huge part of the Brigade’s calendar ever since the first one in 1981 and this year is extra special for us as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.”
London Fire Brigade now have another reason to celebrate, as they managed to smash the current record almost by an hour, finishing in 5 hours, 25 minutes and 2 seconds. We’re absolutely thrilled that they managed to beat the record, setting a new challenge for anyone who dares to take part wearing a 4-person costume! What’s more, is that there was actually a second world record broken on the day by another firefighter from London Fire Brigade. Mike Barker broke the record for the “fastest marathon carrying an 80lb pack’ – so a big congratulations to Mike too!