A Missouri man has set a new Guinness World Record for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon.
For most people the only stitch they would be worried about during a marathon would be a sharp, piercing pain in their stomach but for David Babcock it was much different. The graphic design professor from the University of Central Missouri completed the Kansa City marathon in five hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds while managing to knit a scarf which measured 12ft one and three quarter inches long.
The 41-year-old smashed the previous held by Britain's Susie Hewer which she set at the 2013 Flora London marathon in April. At the time Ms Hewer managed to extend her world record by creating a scarf which measured 6ft 9" but her title has been short lived as Mr Babcock almost doubled the length.
It was no easy task beating this record and Mr Babcock needed to use a garter stitch, 30 stitches wide and also use size 15 needles to bring his yarncraft to life but also in keeping with strict Guinness World Record rules. He blended reds, oranges and purples into the scarf but was also battling against the clock as competitors must finish the marathon in under six hours to be eligible.
The Missouri professor has been keen on multitasking and explained in his blog: "After many experiments he settled into making small nylon bags with circular needles. It takes a lot of time to do distance running and it takes time to knit.
"By putting the two activities together the time passes easier for both activities. It takes his mind off of the endless miles and makes knitting an active pursuit. David wondered if other people were as crazy as he was and soon found Susie Hewer's blog."