British mother, Jessica Bruce, has set the new world record for the fastest marathon run by a woman pushing a stroller. Jessica, 32 years old, raced the Abingdon Marathon in London, England this past Sunday October 18th with her seven-month of son Daniel. With the time of 3:17:26, Jessica ran fast enough to break the standing Guinness World Record for the fastest female marathoner pushing a stroller – the previous record holder was set by Canadian runner Allison Tai at 3:31:45.
A longtime runner herself, with a personal best marathon time of 2 hours and 58 minutes, Jessica soon realized after the birth of her son that she wanted to bring him along as she continued to race. Jessica started training for the Abingdon Marathon only four months after the birth of her son.
With her husband David being a doctor and working long hours, Jessica was forced to take Daniel on her daily runs in Oxford, England. David ran alongside Jessica, helping the cause by singing, talking and feeding Daniel with a bottle – while being careful to not touch the stroller and spoil Jessica’s changes of setting the record.
Jessica won’t find out until mid-November is she and her son Daniel will make the Guinness Book of World Records. Until then, she is enjoying the memories her family have shared having raced and completed their first marathon together.