Lance Stroll at the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey.Photo: Bryn Lennon (Getty Images)
If the mere thought of running a full 42.2 mile marathon makes you feel exhausted, Aston Martin F1 software engineer George Crawford will sound like a man of steel. Not only did he complete the London Marathon in full racing gear, but he also set a Guinness world record.
Crawford normally spends his weekends at the circuit working as an engineer on Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin, but at this year’s London Marathon he borrowed Stroll’s racing gear to take part in a different type of race. You read that right: Crawford put on Stroll’s fire suit, fire retardant underwear, racing shoes, gloves, and helmet to compete in the race. Racing shoes alone are extremely uncomfortable shoes: they are usually so tight that it is uncomfortable to even walk, let alone run. But Crawford played through the pain.
And he finished the marathon in an exceptional 3 hours and 58 minutes, which is about nine minutes per mile.
The exact world record is a little difficult to pin down here, but the 2021 London Marathon set 30 different world records, from the fastest marathon time of a person disguised as an astronomical body to the fastest time of people in a two-person -Costume was put up. It’s not hard to believe that Crawford set the record for the fastest time set by a person in a full racing suit.
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In the process, Crawford raised $ 5,000 for a charity called Mind, which focuses on improving mental health.
“In the past 18 months (has it really been that long?) The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged lives,” Crawford wrote on his Fundraising Page. “Countless people struggle with the effects of increased stress, worry and general well-being – personal, friends, family members.
“During this difficult time, people with mental health problems were faced with additional challenges – additional challenges that, more than ever, the kind and loving people at Mind are offering to render their services wherever and whenever they can. It’s time to give something back. “
And in true victory style, Crawford celebrated his success with a shoey.
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