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Carl runs into Guinness Book Of World Records
A Bradford man has claimed his place in “history” after seeing his name appear in the Guinness World Records book.
Carl Smith set the marker for the Fastest Marathon Dressed As A Lifeguard when he ran this year’s London Marathon in three hours and one second.
His achievement was one of about 1,000 records to make it into the famous book – and was selected from more than 40,000 records on the Guinness database.
Mr Smith, of Foxhill Drive, Queensbury, said: “It is a piece of history, and I am more than happy with that. It’s my one minute of fame! Only about nine per cent of records get in, so I was quite surprised about it!
“I am really pleased and really proud. Once you’re in that book, no-one can take it away from you. It will be good to show the children one day.”
The 34-year-old betting shop manager said he had ordered just one copy of the book, but said a few family members had mentioned getting it.
A spokesman for Guinness World Records said: “There are more than 1,000 different records in this year’s book and it is a real privilege for a record holder to make it into the final copy considering we have more than 40,000 stored on our database.”
Mr Smith’s record joins the lowest-ever limbo skater, the fastest walk across a tightrope by a dog, and the smallest roadworthy car.
Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said: “This eclectic and fascinating selection of record holders perfectly demonstrates the breadth – and the peculiarity – of this year’s book.
“Where else would you find a vacuum-cleaner collector, a tightrope-walking dog and an oversized motorcycle all in one place?”
Mr Smith broke the world record while also raising £1,000 in memory of a baby girl called Isabella Grace Senior, who died in February 2012 after developing bronchiolitis. Mr Smith is good friends with Isabella’s parents, Lyndsey and Ryan Senior.
The Guinness World Records book is available to buy now.