The efforts of more than 1,000 ‘three-legged’ racers back in May have now been recognised with official word from Guinness World Records: the record is the island’s once again.
The Isle of Man is now the holder of the mass three-legged race record, with the eagerly awaited certificate confirming the achievement having finally arrived.
‘We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement, you are “OFFICIALLY AMAZING”,’ says the congratulatory verification from Guinness World Records to the 649 pairs who took part in the race on Douglas promenade, watched by around 7,000 spectators.
It adds: ‘You are now part of an elite group of Guinness World Records title holders.’
The record was first won by the Isle of Man in 2009 with 468 pairs – breaking the then existing record of 346 by 122 pairs – but was broken in 2011 by Japanese students with 502 pairs.
Last year Morecambe Community High School in Lancashire snatched it with 551 pairs.
The island’s record-breaking 200 metre race was part of a family fun day on the capital’s seafront, co-organised by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Douglas Development Partnership, Event Solutions and Home Strategic.
‘The Certificate from Guinness World Records finally confirms that the record is well and truly back where it belongs, here on the Isle of Man,’ said Barclays’ Lawrence Looney.
‘The race was a tremendous achievement by all those who took part and demonstrated the pride taken by people living on the island who turned out in their thousands to support what was a magnificent community effort.’
Mr Looney added: ‘Apart from the kudos that goes with it, the certificate is a superb accolade for all those who took part in a great race on a memorable day in May.’
Douglas Development Partnership’s Chris Pycroft said: ‘This is the ultimate recognition from an internationally renowned and respected organisation of what is a truly outstanding achievement.
‘The event brought about community spirit at its very best.
‘And it saw Douglas promenade heaving as never before, with thousands of spectators of all ages and backgrounds, enthusiastically cheering on the runners.’