7 Jun

Figures Just Short At Kilt Run

The Perth Kilt Run

With Perth hosting a series of festivities to honour the jubilee celebrations, the city's attempt at setting a new world record for kilted runners fell agonisingly short. In the wake of Saturday's event, organisers of The Perth Kilt Run have revealed that 1,074 participants brandished their best tartan attire for the 5 mile race, a figure that left them merely 16 short of setting the record.

Headed by round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont, the Kilt Run saw participants cover Perth's North and South Inches alongside the River Tay. First to lead home the kilted runners was Neilson Hall in a time of 24:55, with Jack Goodwin second and Matt Janes third in 25:44 and 26:24 respectively.

Among the 1,000 participants was Perthshire North MSP John Swinney, who later commented: "The whole event in Perth was a great family day out and an opportunity for us all to express our thanks to the Queen for her 60 years of public service."

Despite missing out on the Guinness world record, which is currently held by Ontario, participants were quick to compliment the organisers and were looking forward to breaking the record next year. On the event's facebook page forum, one runner wrote: "It was a braw event, look forward to next time!!"