Following the news that Bobby the Bee -the official mascot of the Highland Hospice - is aiming to set a world best time at Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday (8 March), a rival has emerged to compete against him for the title. Harvey the Heart, who represents the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, already holds the world record for the fastest marathon by a mascot (3:51:00 in London last year) and will join Bobby on the startline.
Mascots To Face-off At Inverness
Frank Gilroy has worn the Harvey the Heart outfit at races up and down the country and is confident that he may just give Bobby the Bee a run for his money. Frank, a member of Bellahouston Harriers, has already achieved a time of 1:39:00 over the 13.1 miles dressed in his charity ensemble.
He stated: “When we heard that Bobby was attempting to set a world record, we thought the chance to have a showdown between two mascots representing two truly amazing hospices was too good an opportunity to miss.
“Bobby may have the home advantage but I will have him in my sights. I am going into the race with one simple strategy – to beat the Bee.”
Kenny Steele (47), who wears the Bobby the Bee outfit, responded: “This late challenge has taken the race to a whole new level for me. Bobby may look cute and cuddly but he will be showing Harvey that, when it comes to running, he has a real sting in his tail.
“With the support of the people of Inverness behind me, I am sure that Harvey will buzz off back home defeated. I hope that our own little battle will add something to the atmosphere of the day, not least help to highlight the great work being done by both organisations. “
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