Hundreds of runners join world’s shortest marathon… which is just 55 yards long

May 8, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Hundreds of barmy fun runners barely broke into a sweat when they took part in the world’s shortest marathon – which is just 55 YARDS long.

The wacky event – held in the UK’s smallest park – resembled a normal amateur race as dozens of runners decked out in colourful fancy dress arrived to compete.

But rather than slogging 26.2 miles, the 390 competitors only faced a 55 yard dash – almost 850 times shorter than a standard marathon.

Runners set off in the worlds shortest fun run which is just 55 yards long

Runners set off in the worlds shortest fun run which is just 55 yards long

Everyone in the field, ranging in age from three to 93, successfully completed the triangular course around the outside of tiny Princes Park in Burntwood, Staffs.

Some managed to cover the entire route in just SEVEN seconds, while even the slowest runner took less than a minute to finish the circuit.

The 150-year-old park sits at the centre of a road intersection and despite its size boasts a wrought-iron perimeter fence, three trees and a memorial bench.

Kevin Wilson, of organisers KP events, said Bank Holiday Monday’s race had been a big success.

He said: “We had a good turnout and they all got going around the park – which is just 55 steps in total.”

Measuring just 15ft by 30ft, Prince's Park in Burntwood, Staffs, is barely the size of a traffic island, but is in fact the UK's smallest park and host's the world's shortest marathon

Measuring just 15ft by 30ft, Prince’s Park in Burntwood, Staffs, is barely the size of a traffic island, but is in fact the UK’s smallest park and host’s the world’s shortest marathon

Competitor Sharon Grey, 21, from Lichfield, Staffs., said the event had brought local people together.

She said: “It was nice to see the community get together around the park.

“We don’t notice it’s there any more but it was nice to be reminded we’ve got such a unique landmark on our doorsteps.

“Some of the costumes were great, too, it was a really good day.”

Dad Adrian Taylor, 39, from Moseley, Birmingham, came to watch daughter Leah, 14, run the course.

He said: “It’s a good bit of fun, I slung her a few quid of sponsor money but if she thinks she’s getting any more than that she’ll have to do a proper marathon.”

The park was created to commemorate the marriage of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

The three commemorative trees at the park are named Faith, Hope and Charity.

All proceeds from the race were donated to the We Love Lichfield charity.

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