Bishop sets a new world record

Bishop Browne crossing the finish line
Bishop Browne crossing the finish line

THE Bishop of Kerry has made it into the Guinness Book of Records.

Bishop Ray Browne played a key role in the creation of a new world best when he participated in a fun-filled wellie run organised by Glenflesk GAA club.

Not only did the bishop don his wellington boots to play his part but he was first to cross the finish line, just pipping country star Nathan Carter who was in close pursuit.

It has now been officially confirmed that the Glenflesk bid has, in fact, created a new record and club officials have received correspondence marking their great achievement from the adjudicating team.

Organisers of last May’s big event in Killarney needed 2,000 people to break the existing record and they were astonished when well in excess of 3,000 men, women and children turned up at the start to play their part.

It commenced at the Gleneagle Hotel and wound its way along the jarvey route on Muckross Road before the new record holders returned to the finish line to a rousing welcome.

The colourful 1km walk was fronted by music maestro Nathan Carter but there was nothing the country star could do when Bishop Browne zipped past him, arms outstretched, to win by a short head,

Accordion legend Liam O’Connor, politicians, GAA stars and Olympian Gillian O’Sullivan all played their part and they were joined by well over 3,000 others, from all parts of the county, as the record was well and truly shattered.

Four more new world record holders
Four more new world record holders

The previous best was 1,976 participants – achieved in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA last year – but right from the off it was obvious that the Glenflesk GAA club name was destined for the Guinness Book of Records.

“It was the largest fundraising event the club has ever organised,“ said committee member Danielle Favier.

“We wanted to help raise badly needed funds for the club but also to have an event which would put a smile on people’s faces and that it did,” she said.

“It was a huge success due to the hard work of so many volunteers in Glenflesk and indeed many other clubs, businesses and voluntary organisations throughout Killarney and Kerry,” Danielle said.