Inverness Half Marathon was the scene of a new world record on Sunday (March 8) as two charity mascots, Harvey the Heart and Bobby the Bee, crossed the finish line together. The mascots breasted the tape simultaneously to record a time of 1.37.03 which, if verified, will be a new world record for the fastest half marathon by mascots.
Mascots Set World Record
Charity runner Frank Gilroy of Bellahouston Harriers was dressed as Harvey the Heart while Kenny Steele, chief executive of the Highland Hospice, had donned the Bobby the Bee costume to run round the 13.1 mile course.
Frank (51) said of the race: “It was a fantastic event, and to get the record alongside Bobby the Bee tops off a fantastic day for me and the hospice. I would like to say thanks to Bobby the Bee for helping to make it such a memorable occasion.”
Inverness Harrier, Kenny (47), said: “Taking part in the half marathon as Bobby the Bee has been a completely new challenge for me. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support for Bobby and our fundraising efforts and it’s a great bonus that we may have made it into the charity books. I would like to pay thanks to everyone who has sponsored a runner today.”
Race director Malcolm Sutherland says it was an eventful day, which will be fondly remembered by organisers: “To have a world record set at our event is a dream come true, and congratulations to both Kenny and Frank for a great effort. They have both done a great job in putting the spotlight on their respective hospices. Their achievement, along with the record number of people entering, just goes to underline how events like these are for everyone, whether they are among the elite athletes or taking part in their first race. It was great to see so many happy faces crossing the finish line.
For more information, visit the event website.
Image courtesy of Paul Campbell