Real-life Forrest Gump sets world record at London Marathon

Real-life Forrest Gump sets world record at London Marathon

Rob Pope is a runner with a difference; channelling a famous movie character for his inspiration. The Liverpudlian vet today ran the London Marathon dressed head to toe as the endearing and eternally quotable Forrest Gump. According to the BBC, Rob finished the marathon in an incredible 2 hour 36 minutes, doing Forrest proud while smashing the world record for the fastest film star costume. Kind-hearted Rob raised money for Peace Direct as well as the World Wildlife Fund, but this is far from his first outing as Tom Hanks’ most beloved character… This year's London Marathon was officially the hottest on record. More than 40,000 runners took part amid temperatures of 24.1C (75.3F) which were recorded in St James's Park, the Met Office said. Runners were warned it could be even hotter on the course because of the heat absorbed by the roads and from other competitors. The 26.2-mile race was started at 10:00 BST by the Queen who pressed a button from the grounds of Windsor Castle

Never ever ever stop!!! More carbs! So hyperactive!!

Never ever ever stop!!! More carbs! So hyperactive!!

Rob has already become the very first person to complete the iconic route ran by heartbroken Forrest during the classic tearjerker – clocking up 15,348 miles. Personally, I can just about hack twenty minutes on the treadmill. So I am in complete awe of Rob, who completed the equivalent of 590 marathons in only 409 days. Speaking to UNILAD back in 2017, Rob explained how it all began: The Forrest idea came about in the process of planning as I’d wanted to do as well as possible for my two charities, the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct. In the film, when Forrest runs over the Mississippi for the fourth time, he gets chased by reporters who ask him why he is running. He’s asked if he’s running for world peace, the homeless, women’s rights, the environment or animals. My two charities encompass all of these things and they blow me away and provide a great source of motivation every time I read about their work. I just want to help how I can. View image on Twitter