Guinness World Records had informed Jessica beforehand that her attempt would not count because she was wearing scrubs with trousers. GWR rules stipulated that a nurse’s uniform must include a blue or white dress, a pinafore apron, and a traditional nurse’s cap!
A nurse who ran the London Marathon in her scrubs claims she's been denied a world record because she did not wear a skirt! According to CNN, the nurse named Jessica Anderson and works with the Royal London Hospital ran the marathon on Sunday in the clothes she usually wears to work. Jessica wanted to be the quickest woman to complete a marathon dressed as a nurse and she crossed the finish line in three hours, eight minutes and 22 seconds last Sunday, beating Sarah Dudgeon who set the record with a time of three hours, eight minutes and 54 seconds in 2015.
Guinness World Records had informed Jessica beforehand that her attempt would not count because she was wearing scrubs with trousers. GWR rules stipulated that a nurse’s uniform must include a blue or white dress, a pinafore apron, and a traditional nurse’s cap. Officials told Anderson that scrubs are too close to the fancy dress requirements for a doctor’s uniform.
Anderson told the magazine Runner's World that "Their definition is just so outdated. Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers. I've certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work. I'm sure Guinness World Records don't intend to cause offense but it would be nice if they decided to revise their criteria instead of reinforcing old gender stereotypes."
Anderson also added that she requested the organization to reconsider, but her request was denied. But, they were open to review their rules. "Inclusiveness and respect are values that Guinness World Records holds extremely dear, and while we always need to ensure we can differentiate between categories, it is quite clear that this record title is long overdue a review, which we will conduct as a priority in the coming days," the body said in a statement.
Through a fundraising page called Just Giving, Anderson explained the reason behind her decision to run for the marathon. "I am running the London Marathon in my uniform for Barts Charity because I want to raise funds for my unit's charity fund, she wrote. I will be attempting to break the record for the fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform by a female runner! Unfortunately, Guinness world records have not accepted my application as they said my uniform does not comply with their 'criteria' of what a nurse wears."
"However, I will still be aiming to beat the current official time of 3 hours 8 minutes and 54 seconds. We have previously used the charity fund to buy equipment for the ward such as dementia-friendly clocks and signage, a bladder scanner and some furnishings for the staff room and day rooms. Thank you for supporting the cause!" Her initial target was to raise £500 but she's managed to raise 820 percent more than that, thanks to contributors donating money after they heard of the decision. As of now, she's managed to raise £4,104.74.
This run is also one of the most famous events and they receive thousands of applicants each year. This year alone, more than 400,000 applied to join, and the organizers have said it's a new record. Sadly, there was a bit of controversy towards the end of the race, and organizers are now investigating claims that runners towards the end of the pack were called "fat," "slow" and were even told to hurry up by contractors.