Jun 5 2012 by Patricia Lewis, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
A Grouse, a Groom, but not enough to make Perth Kilt Run a World Record
ORGANISERS of the Perth Kilt Run were disappointed to come just short of the Guinness World Record for the most kilted runners in a road race.
Perth, in Ontario, Canada, keeps the title for their kilt run, which drew 1089. On Saturday, 1074 men and women put on their kilts and officially completed the Fair City’s five-mile course.
To everyone’s sadness, the Scottish attempt to break the new world record had 16 less runners crossing the start line at Perth’s North Inch.
However, Perth Kilt Run’s Tricia Fox said it’s likely the Fair City will make another attempt next year.
She suggested there was still a glimmer of hope to seize the record, as some runners in Saturday’s event were not picked up by the automatic counting mats.
She said: “If you wore your tag on your wrist instead of your ankle, the reader would not have logged your entry at the start. If we can find 16 people who do not appear at the start or the finish, but did the race, we could make the magic number.”
‘Invisible runners’ – people not logged by the machines – can let the organisers know they took part on the Facebook Page.”
To check details, runners can visit the website, www.perthkiltrun.co.uk
The top three places were scooped by three friends from Bedfordshire and County Athletic Club.
The Perth Kilt Run winner was Neilson Hall, a man who’d been out on a stag party the night before.
Neilson, who finished in 24 minutes and 55 seconds, had been out on the town with friends on Friday night enjoying Perth’s hospitality.
Second place went to another from his stag party, Jack Goodwin.
Third place was snatched by the groom himself, Matt Janes who finished less that two minutes after his winning pal.
Speaking yesterday from his home in Bedfordshire, soon-to-be-groom, Matt Janes, said it had been a great stag party and the Kilt Run had been just one of the activities.
“Everyone really enjoyed the stag weekend. Some people do go-karting or something. We decided to do the Kilt Run,” he added.
Matt was unrepentant about burning the candle at both ends during his Scottish jaunt. “We had a good fry up in the morning and that did the trick and sobered us up for the race!”
Matt ran with his father, Steve Janes and also Colin Hall, the father of his bride-to-be and father of Neilson Hall the overall winner.
The wedding is this coming Saturday in Old Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
The Kilt Run had several familiar faces competing. Famous cyclist and Perthshire native Mark Beaumont ran the course holding a Pictish shield.
He finished after 54 minutes, 34 seconds. But he was outrun by Second Minister and MSP for Perthshire North, John Swinney, who came in 466th place, in 55 minutes and 42 seconds.
A huge Famous Grouse mascot was a striking sight in the field of runners.
Tricia Fox told The PA her heart went out to the man in the bizarre costume.
“Mark Armin-Giesler needs a medal,” she said. “He ran in the padded bird suit and not only finished, but made it back in just over one hour. I once had to wear the Grouse outfit and I broke into a sweat just walking around. What an amazing effort!”