Woman Breaks World Record, Oldest Female to Complete Marathon

Gladys The Gladyator Burrill. Photo: Telegraph.co.uk/

Last December Gladys “The Gladyator” Burrill made headlines when she was the named the oldest woman to ever complete a marathon. Yesterday, the Guinness Book of World Records officially confirmed her feat according to the UK’s The Telegraph.

At 92 years old, crossing the Honolulu Marathon finish line was just another walk in the park for Burrill.  She says she walks almost every day and logs dozens of miles a week.

After seeing the fireworks that sent off the runners at the 2003 Honolulu Marathon she became inspired to take on the 26.2 miles herself. The next year she power-walked her way to the finish line of her first marathon at the ripe age of 86. Since then she has completed four more marathons, but thinks this past year she may have hit her peak marathoning days.

Although she is tempted to run the Honolulu marathon again this year, she doesn’t have plans to. Instead she will be cheering on all the other runners from the sidelines.

Jenny Wood-Allen held the record previous, finishing the London Marathon in 2002 at 90 years old.

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