Nurse marathon runner denied world record for wearing scrubs


A nurse who ran the fastest marathon in uniform has been denied a spot in the record books — because she was wearing modern-day scrubs instead of an old-fashioned nurses dress.

Jessica Anderson finished last week’s London Marathon in 3.08:22, beating the previous record for fastest marathon by a woman in a nurse’s uniform by 32 seconds.

She was stunned when the book of Guinness World Records said her scrubs — her real uniform as a nurse at Royal London Hospital — did not meet their definition, which includes a blue or white dress, an apron and a traditional nurse’s cap.

“I did email them to ask them to reconsider but they said no,” Anderson told Runner’s World.

“I get that it’s supposed to be a fun thing but their definition is just so outdated.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.”