His bid for a Guinness World Record may have been unsuccessful, but marathon runner Mathew Darcy has raised more than $1,100 for charity.
The Glenmore Park resident took part in the Sydney Running Festival on September 17, attempting to get into the record books for the fastest time completing a marathon dressed in pyjamas.
The rules stated that the 42.2km run must be completed in long pants and long sleeves with a bedtime hat, and that at no time can sleeves be rolled up. But it was those rules that led to Mr Darcy’s eventual downfall, as the springtime Sydney weather turned on the sunshine.
“We were in front of time for the first 35km, but then couldn't keep up with the required pace as it did get very hot running in the PJs,” he said. “On the plus side, I did run it 20 minutes faster than last year, and in the process was able to raise over $1,100 for the Asthma Foundation QLD and NSW.”
The Guinness World Record for the fastest time running a marathon dressed in pyjamas will remain for the time being with Fred Perez, whose time of 3:44.55 set at the Los Angeles Marathon in March is unbeaten.
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