You might think winning the Great Manchester Marathon then hitting a sub 2:30 at London the week after is a heroic feat in itself, yet Paul Martelleti pushed things a stage further. The 35-year-old completed London Marathon as Spiderman, setting the fastest ever time by someone dressed as a superhero.
Martelleti, in impressive form throughout the year, took victory at Manchester in a time of 2:17:46, nearly a minute ahead of his closest competitor. While most will have been enjoying a well-deserved post-marathon rest, the Run Fast star donned his Spiderman outfit at the Virgin London Marathon and finished the race in 2:29:57.
Martelleti has been in exceptional form throughout the year, taking first position at the Brighton, Wokingham (PB of 64:18), Bath, Hillingdon, Watford and BTR Liverpool Half Marathons.
His time slashes almost four minutes off the previous Guinness World Record, 2:33:58, which was set by ‘The Flash’ (Canadian Stephane Herrington) at the Toronto World Marathon three years ago.
More surprising still is the fact Martelleli made a late decision about London Marathon and was required to make a last-minute entry to compete in the race: he has since set up a Crowdfunder page to cover his fast-track application, with all funds raised beyond this going to Parkinson’s UK.
After his performance, the world record breaker tweeted:’What an amazing @LondonMarathon as Spiderman & setting a new world @GWR 2:29:57.’