Manchester runner attempts to break world record for longest crochet chain while running marathon

If taking on the 26.2 miles of the adidas Manchester Marathon course isn’t enough of a challenge, Louise Warwick will also be tackling one of the more unusual World Record attempts the event has ever seen.

This time around, she will be taking to the streets of Manchester armed with not only a pair of running shoes, but also some crochet hooks.

Louise Warwick is no stranger to the adrenaline rush of the Manchester Marathon. Having already participated in the event twice before, Warwick is now set to take on an even greater challenge. In addition to running the 26.2-mile course, Warwick will be attempting to break the world record for the longest crochet chain while running.

Louise’s love for marathon running and crochet is well known amongst her family and friends. Her grandmother had taught her how to knit and crochet at an early age, and the passion for the craft never left her. Over the years, Warwick has honed her crocheting skills to perfection, and with over 30 years of experience, she is now attempting to break the world record.

The current record of 139.4 meters was set by Susie Hewer in 2014. Warwick is hoping to break the 140-meter mark, a feat that would make her the new world record holder. Warwick has been preparing for the challenge for several months, and the event has generated a lot of excitement and interest amongst her family, friends, and the local running community.

Speaking about the challenge, Louise said, “I’m nervous and excited. It should be something fun to do to take my mind off running, but there is pressure on to break the record! My Gran taught me to knit and crochet, and that love for making has always been with me. I didn’t want to run and train with the pressure of trying to run a personal best, so I thought I’d have a go at a record attempt instead. It’s the perfect way to combine my two hobbies, and I’m not one to make life easy for myself either!”

Louise’s attempt to break the world record will be no mean feat. Running a marathon is challenging enough without the added weight of carrying a crochet chain. She will be running with a specially-made pinny around her waist to carry the weight of the yarn and the chain.

Louise said, “It’ll definitely be more challenging. Normally, you’d use your arms to help, but I won’t be able to!”

The Manchester Marathon has always been an exciting and energetic event, and Louise is looking forward to the electric atmosphere. She will be supported by her family, friends, and running club, Prestwich AC, throughout the event.

She continued: “Thankfully, I’ve got lots of support from my family and friends. I’m hoping the crowds in Manchester will see me through, but my partner and baby should be popping up throughout the day, and also lots of support from my running club; there are quite a few of us running the marathon!”

The 2024 Adidas Manchester Marathon is now open for registration, and Warwick’s challenge has generated a lot of interest in the running community. She hopes to inspire other runners to combine their passions and take on new challenges.

Louise said, “Running has brought so much joy and fulfilment into my life, and it’s something that I’m passionate about. I’m hoping to inspire others to take on new challenges and try new things. You never know what you’re capable of until you try.”

Her attempt to break the world record for the longest crochet chain while running a marathon is a testament to her passion for running and crochet. Her challenge has generated a lot of interest and excitement amongst the running community, and she hopes to inspire others to take on new challenges and push themselves to new heights. With her family, friends, and running club supporting her every step of the way, Warwick is ready to take on this new challenge and make history.

The 2024 adidas Manchester Marathon is now open for registration. To find out more, visit


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