Worcester firm AndyLoos has helped amateur athlete Marcus Mumford race into the record books after sponsoring him to set a new Guinness world record in the London Marathon – for the fastest marathon runner ‘dressed as a toilet!’
Marcus made sure he was quick out of the ‘toilet’ blocks as he joined 36,000 competitors to run the legendary 26.2 mile course dressed in the iconic ‘WaterAid’ toilet costume. He successfully ‘panned’ two other competitors dressed as toilets who were also attempting to set the world record, to cross the finish line to set a new Guinness World Record time of 2 hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds.
AndyLoos, based in Hartlebury, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and providers of portable toilets and shower facilities; supplying convenient facilities at some of the UK’s biggest sporting events, as well as private and corporate functions.
As well as securing the world record, Marcus raised over £1700 pounds for the global water charity which works in 27 countries transforming million of lives every year.
“WaterAid provides clean water, safe sanitation, toilets and health education for some of the world’s poorest communities,” explains Marcus.
“The money raised so far has the potential to change the lives of a whole community by providing them with a clean water supply and improved sanitation. My efforts were a small price to pay to help provide such essential services.
“I’d like to thank everyone who donated and for the thousands of spectators throughout the course who cheered me on, especially when the going got really tough at around the 15 mile mark and I felt completely bogged down!
“I’d also like to thank AndyLoos for all their support during the build up to the race and for the very generous donation.”
Adam Houchen, Director of AndyLoos was ‘bowled’ over to hear about Marcus’ new world record, “What a great achievement for Marcus and for AndyLoos – we are delighted to be associated not only with a world record but with such a worthwhile cause as WaterAid!
“WaterAid provides such essential work in under-developed countries helping to improve infrastructure to ensure safe water, sanitation and education is available for the millions of people who struggle. We are pleased to have helped them to raise much needed funds so they can continue to provide clean, safe water to those who need it.”
To donate towards Marcus’ down right potty world record go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/toiletman
Marcus Mumford is an engineer working for a company that supplies stormwater control and treatment devices near Bristol. He is a keen amateur athlete and former rower who now competes in many different endurance events and races from international triathlons to ultra-distance cycling events.
He has run a number of marathons, including the prestigious Boston Marathon, and has recorded a personal best performance of 2 hours and 48 minutes.