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Nurse’s marathon world record denied because she wore pants

Runner Jessica Anderson wanted to set the world record as the fastest woman to run a marathon dressed as a nurse. Anderson is a nurse, and has worked at the Royal London Hospital for nearly seven years. When she crossed the finish line of the London Marathon—wearing her scrubs—in three hours, eight minutes and 22 seconds, she beat the previous world record for a woman running a marathon in a nurse costume by 32 seconds.

Anderson was thrilled, until she learned that Guinness World Record rejected her application because she was wearing her scrubs “with trousers.” Guinness informed Anderson that a nurse’s uniform must include a blue or white dress; a pinafore apron and a traditional nurse’s cap and that the outfit she wore too closely resembled the dress requirements for a doctor’s uniform. Guinness World Records has since pledge to look into, and possibly update, it’s costume policy.

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