Guinness World Records states that a dress and hat must be worn to qualify for the record of fastest marathon in a nurse’s uniform
Last week, Jessica Anderson joined over 40,000 runners for the 2019 London Marathon. While for other, the main goal was to cross the finish line, Anderson had an additional goal in mind: Break the Guinness World Record for the fastest woman to run the marathon in a nurse's uniform.
However, despite crossing the finish line 3.08:22, beating the previous time, Guinness World Records did not accept Anderson's attempt. The reason being was that the uniform she wears to work every single day as a hospital nurse, which consists of traditional scrubs with trousers, does not comply with the Guinness World Records criteria. According to Guinness World Records, "a nurse's uniform must include a blue or white dress, a white pinafore apron, a traditional white nurse’s cap. Tights are optional." How generous.
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Speaking with Runner’s World about the “outdated and sexist decision”, Anderson revealed that she was shocked when she received Guinness World Records response to her record-shattering run.
“I was quite taken aback when I read that they’d rejected my application and I did email them to ask them to reconsider but they said no, I get that it’s supposed to be a fun thing but their definition is just so outdated. Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers.”
Anderson also went on to quite rightly point out that not all nurses are female.
"I’ve certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work."
While Guinness World Records released a statement over the weekend, which admits to the outdated criteria, Anderson has since found a wealth of support within the nursing community.
"Inclusiveness and respect are values that Guinness World Records holds extremely dear, and while we always need to ensure we can differentiate between categories, it is quite clear that this record title is long overdue a review, which we will conduct as a priority in the coming days."
Using the hashtag, #WhatNursesWear, the nurses of Twitter have wittingly responded to the Guinness World Record nurse rules whilst showing support for Anderson.
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