A St Albans mum has been declared the “fastest female cake” after beating a world record completing the London Marathon dressed as a cake.
Anna Bassil, achieved a time of four hours, 20 minutes and 12 seconds in the London Marathon on October 3 beating the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman dressed as a sweet food.
This incredible feat was part of a fundraising mission dating back to 2019 after the pandemic put Anna’s plans on hold.
Anna’s total, now stood at more than £10,000 for charity Save The Children, will be matched by GlaxoSmithKline bringing the grand total to over £20,000.
Speaking to StAlbansNews, Anna went back to how her journey to becoming ‘The St Albans Cake’ began.
She said: “Back in January I had my 40th birthday and I thought I have to do something and give back.
“I wanted to embrace of the fun run aspect of the marathon so I thought lets run in costume. It had been my 40th birthday, 40th anniversary of the race and Save The Children had celebrated 100 years.
“We were celebrating and everybody loves cake.”
After the marathon was cancelled in April, Anna decided to run the equivalent 402 laps of her garden instead.
Anna said she had been “bowled over by the generosity” witnessed from the community throughout her training around the city and on the day.
She said: “It was amazing to be running with people again, seeing little children jumping up and down in absolute joy as I ran past. It was things like that which kept me going.
“So many of the local people were so supportive.”
Speaking about her name in the record books, Anna said: “It was one of my key goals but first and foremost it was about raising money for charity.
“I want to thank everyone for the support, I hope it has lifted people’s spirits.”
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