A mother-of-one from Risinghurst, UK, is hoping to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, after completing a marathon in world record time, whilst pushing a buggy!
32-year-old Jessica Bruce completed the Abingdon Marathon in a time of 3 hours 17 minutes and 52 seconds, beating the previous record set in 2012 by Allison Tai from Canada.
The run, which was held on Sunday 18th October, was the first for Dr Bruce since her son Daniel was born in March. Avid runner and founder and director of running analysis firm Run3D, she trained up until the 30th week of her pregnancy, when she switched to swimming.
After Daniel's birth, she was keen to begin training as soon as possible and returned to running just four weeks after he was born. Once Daniel turned three months old, she began taking him out on training runs with her.
All of that training paid off. "We did so much training on hilly courses so this was easier than I expected," explained Jessica.
"We went off on an even pace and it was really good. Daniel was a star."
The idea for the record attempt came from the Abingdon Marathon staff, who suggested Jessica run the 26.2 miles with her son. "I thought, I'm not going to run as fast as I have in the past, so I'd set myself a new challenge," said Jessica.
So which buggy did she use for this world record attempt? Well, Jessica took her Bugaboo Runner, a good choice for such a challenge. The Runner comes with air filled tyres, built-in suspension and a clever speed-control brake, which runs along the handle bar, enabling you to adjust your speed easily with either hand.
The whole unit weighs just 8.4kg, but Mrs Bruce calculated that she had to push almost an extra 20kg on top of her own body weight!
Jessica has submitted her results to Guinness World Records to be ratified and is awaiting confirmation of the record.
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