Feeling on top of the world as island reclaims three-legs record

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The Isle of Man has reclaimed the world record for holding the largest three-legged race.

Subject to formal verification by the Guinness Book of World Records, a total of 644 pairs crossed the finishing line on Douglas Beach on Monday.

The determination of 644 pairs of runners helped the island reclaim the three-legged world record on Douglas Beach

The determination of 644 pairs of runners helped the island reclaim the three-legged world record on Douglas Beach

It easily beats the previous record of 551 pairs, set by Morecambe Community High School in Lancashire last year.

Lee McLellan, business development director of Home Strategic, a member of the organising committee for the race, said: ‘The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic, the island is once again back in the Guinness Book of Records as holders of a record which rightly belongs here, with the Treskellion three legs being the island’s national emblem.’

He added: ‘It was something of a humbling experience with the prom not having seen so many people of all ages for a single event in recent times, not even during a TT.

‘With the sun shining on what must have been the warmest day so far this year it was an experience for those taking part which will not be easily forgotten.”

The 200 metre race took place – with some pairs in fancy dress – in front of a huge crowd and was started by Douglas Mayor David Ashford.

First across the line were Simon Barber and Paul Glover.

They were followed by Simon and Cameron Scott and then Kevin and William Walmsley. As you would expect, there were strict rules governing the race, which meant that six pairs were disqualified.

The race was part of a day of family activites on the beach and promenade.

There was music entertainment, and activities included a water slide, slack lines and chalk painting.

Proceeds from the event were donated to The Children’s Centre.

The Isle of Man held the record in 2009 when 468 pairs finished a 200m race in Noble’s Park, Douglas, but lost it in 2011 to a school in Japan.

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