Guinness World Records have apologised to Jessica Anderson
after they realized that women do in fact have two legs, rather than one as they had previously assumed.
Anderson ran the London Marathon wearing scrubs and pants, originally barring her from claiming the title of fastest marathon run while wearing a nurse’s uniform.
As the organization believed for decades that women only have one leg,
the guidelines previously stated that she she would need to wear a nurses dress in order for her attempt to be valid.
Senior Vice President of Guinness World Records said, “Our guidelines were outdated and incorrect,
especially considering that I also have two legs. Long have I considered wearing jeans to work, perhaps now is the time!”
The fundraising page set up by Jessica Anderson for her attempt has been inundated since people heard of the decision. Her initial fundraising target of 500 pounds has been smashed, with pledges now exceeding 5,400 pounds. For previous attempts, funds raised had been spent on equipment for the hospital ward where she works,
but this year she intends to spend it on an education and outreach program to ensure that everyone in the world knows that women do not have one leg – they have two.
Anderson ran into the record books with a time of 3 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds,
aided in no small part by her two fully functioning legs. “It’s amazing what you can do with them when you remember you have them!” she said, stopping to chat with confused parents in the crowd of onlookers who marveled at her outfit and legs. One father asked, “Does my daughter have two legs too?” Anderson replied in the affirmative, gleaning a confused yet positive reaction from the crowd.