Marathon runner dressed as Big Ben gets to finish line – but can’t cross it due to awkward problem

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Lukas Bates, from Maidstone, was trying to set a new world record for the fastest person so run a marathon dressed as a landmark.

After months of dedicated preparation and 26.2miles of pain and exhaustion, every single London Marathon runner would have been delighted to see the finish line yesterday.

More than 40,000 people of all ages and abilities took part in this year’s event to push themselves to the limit and raise money for charity. 

But one of them attracted a little more attention than most in the final minutes of his race – thanks to a rather annoying issue with his costume.

Lukas Bates, from Maidstone, Kent, tried to get into the Guinness World Records Book for fastest marathon time dressed as a landmark in an impressive Big Ben costume.