Dereham runner Dani and her husband set new world record
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An elite athlete from Dereham who attended Northgate High School set a Guinness World Record at the Vitality Westminster Road Mile staged in London last weekend.
Dani Nimmock and husband Mark Burgess crossed the line together to set an impressive — indeed romantic — new record for the fastest mile run while holding hands.
The Essex couple sprinted across the line together in 5:24, almost a full minute inside the old mark set at the same event last year, before receiving their certificate from GWR adjudicator Richard Stenning.
'We're really happy to have broken 5:30 — we thought it could be possible, but you never know what will happen on the day,' said Dani, a London Marathon Events Ltd staff member and winner of the 2018 Manchester Marathon, who runs for City of Norwich AC.
'It feels amazing to have set a Guinness World Record together. I can't wait to put the certificate on our wall in the hallway as it will certainly be a conversation starter for visitors!'
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The pair, who have been married for three years, practiced running holding hands just once in training by doing one lap of their local 400m track.
'It's a great experience running in St James's Park,' added Burgess. 'The crowds around the route are amazing, the park is beautiful and to finish in front of Buckingham Palace was incredible.'
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