The pain of every runner is a pleasure for every spectator.
An Englishman attempted to break the world record of a marathon runner dressed as an iconic building during Sunday's London Marathon. Lukas Bates was a bell tower in London's Palace of Westminster – commonly known as the Big Ben – just before the finish line when he got stuck.
The 30-year-old's suit, which was five feet tall near London, landed in the upper scoreboard, under which he tried to run. After several unsuccessful attempts to assert himself, a race office helped him cross the line.
Bates from the Paddock Wood Athletic Club in southeast England finished the race in 3 hours, 54 minutes and 21 seconds – almost 20 seconds slower than the record of Richard Mietz, who garnered the 2018 Berlin Marathon as Holstentor in Germany.
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. "Our member Lukas Bates and ran a brilliant 4-hour time and then had a little trouble on the finish line! #BigBen," the sports club tweeted .
The nickname "Big Ben" refers to the Big Bell of the clock, often extended to refer to both the clock itself and the clock tower. In 2012, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the clock tower was officially renamed "Elizabeth Tower".
The Associated Press contributed to this report.