Given the fact that the very idea of the London Marathon began life over drinks at the Dysart Arms near Richmond Park, it’s hardly surprising that half the competitors look like they’ve downed four pints before getting dressed for the race. Here’s some of our favourite costumes from London Marathons gone by:
Sure, there’s the fairly normal, straight-laced competitors: people dressed as vegetables, married couples in full wedding gear, a Dumbledore, and even a Darth Vader or two, but then things start to get weirder; runners dressed as royals complete with masks of Will and Kate, and old men wearing mankinis.
Or a six-man insect that can only be described as a human centipede.
Then, the ultimate. In the 2002 London Marathon, one man competed wearing a deep-sea diving suit that weighed 50kg. It took him five days and eight hours to complete the course, breaking the world record… for the slowest marathon time.
The same man, Lloyd Scott, also competed another year dressed as Indiana Jones, complete with his own boulder in pursuit.
Oh and here’s comedian Bernie Clifton and his famous ostrich
Then there’s Pheidippides, who didn’t actually compete in the London Marathon. However, the word ‘marathon’ comes from the name of a Greek battlefield, from which he ran the 24.8 miles to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over the Persians. After delivering his message, he collapsed and died from exhaustion. Still, that skirt and shield combo is a good look and one that we’d recommend people copying.
So, if you’re going down on Sunday, be prepared for plenty of other sartorially challenged runners pounding the streets of London. Peter Yeung
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