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24th Apr 2023

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts becomes fastest woman to run London Marathon with stoma bag

By Steve Hopkins

‘This is absolutely insane. You are unreal’

Adele Roberts has become the fastest woman to complete a marathon with a stoma bag, after completing the London even on Sunday in one what she called “an amazing day. One of the best of my life.”

The Radio 1 DJ crossed the finish line of the 26.2 mile race in a time of 3 hours, 3o minutes and 22 seconds.

The 44-year-old, who began using a stoma bag in 2021 after surgery for bowel cancer, said “up yours, cancer” after her achievement and when told of her time by BBC Sport replied, “Wow, I could retire now.”

The official Guinness World Records’ Twitter account shared a picture of Roberts with her certificate after the race and wrote: “Adele Roberts completed the fastest marathon with an ileostomy (female) in 3:30:22. “Congratulations, Adele!”

Roberts had a tiny replica medal made for her stoma, which she named Audrey, and shared a video of the presentation on her Instagram story.

“We got the record. I was like: ‘Oh my gosh did we actually do it?’,” she said.

“For ages I didn’t know my time because my watch broke and I couldn’t tell because I set off quite late … so I was just really hoping that I’d managed to do it.

“Thank you so much to everybody who was actually in the race, there was so many lovely people on the course and also everybody who came out to cheer even though it was raining.