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Sunday 21 September 2014

Giving it plenty of welly to enter record books

Published 14/05/2014 | 05:36

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OVER 3,000 welly clad fundraisers entered the official record books this week after completing a course of just one kilometre.

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The 3,000 were taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Largest Welly Run' which was previously set by the City of Ketchikan in Alaska in May 2013 with just 1,976 participants.

The record breaking attempt was organised to raise funds for Glenflesk GAA and it certainly captured imaginations with a sea of people, all wearing their wellies, descending on The Brehon Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

"This event was the largest fundraising event Glenflesk GAA club has ever organised. We wanted to not only help raise badly needed funds but also wanted to have an event which would put a smile on people's faces and that it did," Danielle Favier of Glenflesk GAA Club said

"It was a huge success due to the hard work of so many volunteers across the Glenflesk GAA and indeed many other clubs, businesses, and voluntary organisations right across Killarney and Kerry and without these people this event would not have taken place," she added.

The one kilometre walk started at 12 noon and was led by singer Nathan Carter along with some other well-known surprise celebrities such as The Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne, former Kerry footballers Seamus Moynihan and John Crowley, renowned musician Liam O'Connor and Olympian Gillian O' Sullivan.

While the numbers on the day were well above the 1,976 needed, organisers have yet to receive full confirmation of their place in the record books.

"We will be submitting all the relevant evidence to the Guinness World Book of Records and the evaluation and accreditation process could take anything from eight to 12 weeks but we are confident that the record has been broken," Danielle said.

Kerryman

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