He breaks the world record for his London Marathon run
Wimbledon brewer Charlie Long has plenty of bottle, that’s for sure after not only completed the London Marathon course, but also set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘fastest time dressed as a bottle’.
The 29-year old completed the event in just 3 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds, beating the previously held record by more than 5 minutes.
In brewing terms that’s the equivalent of running through a staggering 46,000 yards of ale or even 115,000 pints of beer.
Mr Long, who works for Wimbledon Brewery, was raising funds for local social welfare, The Wimbledon Guild.
He said: “It was my third marathon, but the first I’ve done in a stupid outfit! "It got a bit hot in the costume during training but thankfully on the day the conditions were cool. Of course I celebrated my achievement at the end with one or two pints of Wimbledon Brewery Common Ale! ”
Mr Long has a degree in brewing and distilling from Herriot Watt University and has worked at the Wimbledon Brewery for almost a year.
“Sadly my boss didn’t give me the day off,” he joked, adding: “My advice to anyone else thinking of running a marathon in costume is to make sure it’s not too big and make sure you train in it.”
Chief Executive Wendy Pridmore said: "Congratulations to Charlie on his fantastic achievement. It's not every day you break a world record and we're honoured that he chose to represent Wimbledon Guild while taking on this challenge.
“We'd like to thank him for showing his support for Wimbledon Guild in such an original way. We're also grateful to all the people who have supported Charlie by donating to Wimbledon Guild, thereby helping to support people in the local community.”