Nurse awarded world record for London Marathon after bid was first denied because she didn’t wear dress

Jessica Anderson ran the London Marathon in her scrubs last month, thinking her time of 3:08.22 would solidify a world record for the fastest marathon wearing a nurse’s uniform. 

But Anderson told several news outlets that Guinness World Records initially denied her application for the record because her outfit looked too similar to a doctor’s uniform, and that the initial record was set by nurses wearing dresses. Officials told her the uniform distinction was necessary, even if outdated.

Following backlash fueled by a social media campaign tabbed #WhatNursesWear, Guinness World Records backpedaled on its initial stance Tuesday and subsequently awarded Anderson the world record. 

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Yesterday was incredible!! From having @mayob123 as the best pacer I could wish for, to crossing the line with the man of my dreams @leon_cerrone ❤️ and support from so many wonderful friends all along the way @vonski_ @clairebernwilson @sazzerf @makeitlooknice , lots of friends from @nhsbartshealth plus @daddydarkrdc and the one and only @run.dem.crew I couldn’t have asked for a better day ? Ps. @guinnessworldrecords this is what the fastest female marathon runner in a nurse’s uniform ACTUALLY looks like (3.08.22 ⏰) ?: @eric_tolentino #rundemcrew #crewlove #marathonislife #trackmafia™ #bartscharity #royallondonhospital #londonmarathon #nurse

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The organization’s senior vice president, Samantha Fay, issued a statement that read, in part: “It has become quite clear to Guinness World Records that our guidelines for the fastest marathon wearing a nurse’s uniform were outdated, incorrect and reflected a stereotype we do not in any way wish to perpetuate. … We have taken the decision to no longer allow fancy dress clothing for this category and will introduce guidelines which reflect the clothes worn by nurses in the UK and around the world.”

Anderson initially told Runners World magazine before the updated ruling, “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 ran the marathon in the scrubs outfit she wears to work every day at the Royal London Hospital. She narrowly eclipsed the previous record time of 3:08.54. 

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In just over a month I will be running the London marathon in full nursing uniform to raise funds for @barts.charity Guinness world records have declined my application as my uniform doesn’t meet their criteria of what a nurses uniform should be but I will still be aiming to beat the current official record time of 3hrs 8 minutes 54 seconds Training is going well so far but I expect the uniform to add undiscovered levels of chaffing on race day! If you would like to support me click on the link in my bio ? #londonmarathon2019 #bartshealth #vlm2019 #bartscharity #royallondonhospital #nhs #rundemcrew #marathontraining #nurse #nursing #trackmafia #marathonislife

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