A maths teacher has broken the world record for being the fastest woman to run the London Marathon in an animal costume.
Fiona Betts, 44, from Upton near Didcot, completed the 26.2 mile challenge in 4:13:25 beating the previous Guinness World Record by eight minutes.
The teacher at Moulsford Prep School near Wallingford was inspired to run on April 22 dressed as a dog to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
The cause is the school’s chosen charity for the year and Fiona raised almost £2,900.
She said her children had nagged her to run in fancy dress: “When I finished the race I felt exhilarated, exhausted and emotional and when I realised I had beaten the world record I was stunned, I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
She added: “I think Hearing Dogs for the Deaf is an amazing charity that makes a huge difference to the lives of deaf adults and children.”