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Guinness confirms record set at Isle of Man three-legged race

Three-legged race in Douglas, Isle of Man
Image caption Almost 1,300 people completed the race on Douglas beach in May 2013

The Isle of Man has officially reclaimed the world record for the largest three-legged race in a single venue, it has been announced.

Guinness World Records confirmed last week that the 649 pairs who completed the 200m race in Douglas in May was a world record.

Organiser Lawrence Looney said it was a "superb accolade and a tremendous achievement for all who took part".

Morecambe Community High School's old record of 551 pairs was set in 2012.

Image caption The official certificate was received from Guinness last week

'Officially amazing'

A certificate from Guinness World Records said: "We would like to congratulate you [Isle of Man] on your record-breaking achievement, you are officially amazing.

"You are now part of an elite group of Guinness World Records title holders."

More than 7,000 people turned out to watch the race held on Douglas beach in May.

Organiser Lee McLellan said the record "belonged" on the island, whose symbol is the Three Legs of Man.

Mr Looney added: "The race was a tremendous achievement by all those who took part and demonstrated the pride taken by people living on the Island who turned out in their thousands to support what was a magnificent community effort."

The race was won by Simon Barber and Paul Glover. Each pair had to run the full 200m race to be counted.

The Isle of Man previously held the record in 2009.

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