It's official – Wonder Woman Aly Dixon is the world's fastest superhero.
Olympian Aly has had her world record attempt from last year's Great North Run officially rubber-stamped – and she is now looking for her latest challenge in 2020 when the famous half marathon celebrates its 40th staging.
The Sunderland distance runner broke her second world record in seven days last September when she became the quickest woman to run a half marathon dressed as a superhero, a week on from winning the World 50KM Championships in a record-breaking time.
At the Great North Run, Aly smashed the previous record of 84.16 dressed as Wonder Woman, recording a blistering 78.26 on the iconic half marathon route from Newcastle to South Shields.
Officials from Guinness World Records ratified her record attempt and Aly now joins the select band of people who have set a world record – twice.
She said: “I'm obviously super happy to finally get the record verified and now be able to officially call myself a Guinness World Record Holder.
“I had great fun on the day and to raise so much money – over £4000 – and awareness for St Benedict's Hospice was the icing on the cake. The hospice have helped my family so much over the last seven years, this was the least I could do to try and repay them.
“It's going to be hard to top it this year but I'm sure the 40th birthday will make it just as good.”
The landmark half marathon was first staged in 1981 where almost 12,000 people took part. Now, the Great North Run has grown to be the world's biggest half marathon, with 57,000 people registered to take part annually.
To join Aly on the start line of the Great North Run on Sunday, 13 September, the general entry ballot is open until Sunday, February 9. Visit greatrun.org/North for more information.