Mechanical Engineering at the London Marathon! LVV’s Charlie Field breaks world record

Charlie dressed as a flip flop holding his world record certificate at the London Marathon 2019A massive congratulations to Charlie Field, Business Development Manager at the Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) at the University of Sheffield, who recently broke the world record for quickest marathon dressed as a shoe!

Charlie took part in the London Marathon on the 28th April 2019 and completed the 26.2 mile course in 3 hours, 35 minutes and 19 seconds. As with London Marathon tradition, he took part in fancy dress - as a flip flop no less - and due to his time, is now the fastest man dressed as a shoe to run a marathon!

“I was really pleased with my time, I don’t think it’s too bad considering I was in fancy dress! I’m just really happy to have got the Guinness World Record,” said Charlie.

“I have a couple of kids and they’re really excited about it. But the main thing was it really raised the profile of the charity.”

The charity Charlie was running for was Endeavour, a local organisation based in Fir Vale, Sheffield that works with disadvantaged, disaffected and forgotten young people to help them take control of their futures. He is the first person to run the London Marathon for the charity.

“Endeavour is a great charity doing some really important work in Sheffield. The night before the race I exceeded my £2,500 target so it was really great to know that I had raised funds for the charity, and even more so as it was the first time Endeavour had a spot at the London Marathon,” explains Charlie.

“I think the marathon had over 400,000 applicants this year so I feel quite lucky to have been able to run and raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Charlie is no stranger to running, but it was his first time running in fancy dress. He admits that his costume - which started above his head and finished below his knees - made the busy marathon difficult to navigate at times!

Graham Booth, Corporate Engagement Manager at Endeavour, was full of praise for Charlie’s achievement.

“We are really grateful for Charlie’s support in fundraising for the charity. £2,600 is an amazing amount for one person to raise, and will go a long way towards supporting local, disadvantaged young people,” he said. “Well done Charlie and thank you for all your efforts.”

So what’s next for Charlie?

“I may try to do some ultra-marathons for charity. I’m considering a 100 miler but we’ll see. I’m worried that if I did, I might be out of action for quite some time!”

Congratulations Charlie!

You can still donate to Charlie’s fundraising campaign here. To find out more about local charity Endeavour, visit the website here.