Dr Jessica Bruce pushed her way into the record books for the second time at Abingdon Marathon on Sunday (22 October). She completed the race in 3:22:05 while running with a double buggy, beating the 4:30 target set by Guinness World Records.
The founder of gait analysis company Run3D, and mother of two children Daniel and Emilia, holds the world record for running a marathon pushing a single buggy. She achieved this at the 2015 Abingdon Marathon with a time of 3:17:52, knocking over 15 minutes off the existing record of 3:31:45.
She was determined to break the current world record for a double buggy marathon and together with her husband Dave, undertook many hilly long runs with the buggy as preparation for her attempt. Her husband accompanied her on her single and double buggy marathons, acting as a pace setter and guide and his help proved to be invaluable on both occasions.
The 2017 Abingdon Marathon was won by Tom Charles of Trafford AC in 2:29:29 with Hilary Mott of Cheltenham & County Harriers the fastest female in 2:49:50.
The last runner crossed the finish line in 5:10:49.
This BARR Graded Gold Event was first held in 1982 and has grown in popularity and reputation since then, selling out months in advance. The fast, PB-potential course is a vote winner along with the professional organisation, helpful marshals and finish at Tilsley Park Athletics Stadium.
Every finisher received a T-shirt in the Abingdon colours of yellow and green that featured a map of the route, specially designed by artist and runner Sarah Dudgeon, who also designed the race medal.