Jessica Anderson is a nurse at the Royal London Hospital and she wanted to break the Guinness World Record for running a marathon dressed as a nurse. She was told, however, that her successful attempt doesn’t count because she was wearing scrubs and pants and not a skirt.
Yup, you read that right!
Anderson ran the city’s marathon on April 28 in the outfit she wears at work, but was told by Guinness World Records that she would need to wear a blue and white dress, apron, and a traditional nurse’s cap for her effort to be valid, as reported by Britain’s Press Association.
Officials added that full-body scrubs are too close to the definition of a doctor’s costume.
Anderson told Runner’s World that their definition is just very outdated, and most of the nurses she works with wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers, and she has never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work.
She added that she’s sure Guinness World Records don’t indent to cause offense, but it would be nice if they decide to revise their criteria instead of strengthening old gender stereotypes. She also asked them to reconsider their decision, but the request was denied.
They have since said in a statement that it’s quite clear that this record title is long overdue a review, and they will conduct it as a priority in the coming days.
Jessica Anderson would have been the record holder with a time of 3 hours, 8 minutes, and 22 seconds.
The London marathon is one of the most famous events, and receives hundreds of thousands of applicants each year.
More than 400,000 people ran this year’s marathon, which is a new record.
Anderson had set up a fundraising target of $660 for her race, but following the controversy, many people donated money after the race, and she has since raised over $6,000.