Breaking records

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Craig running the half marathon in full highland dress.Some like walking. Others reading. And some like running marathons in full highland dress, sporran et al. Yes, really.

The latter hobby can be attributed to Queens Cross employee Craig Clarke; the distance runner who recently collected the Guinness World Record for running the quickest half marathon in traditional Scottish dress.

“I ran a charity run years ago and we ran in kilts and see you jimmy hat and it got me thinking about the (Guinness World Record) site. So I kept checking and spotted this one.”

The IT specialist achieved the feat in 1 hour 43 minutes, comfortably beating the previous record of 2 hours.

Craig attributes his passion for running to his dad.  Smirking, he reminisces about how he first got into running.

“I was a terrible goalie so I thought I’d give running a go.

“I used to run track and distance running but I never ran any races until I was about 30.

“My first race was the Greenock Marathon. Most people start with a 5k or a 10k but I went straight for the marathon.”

With the half marathon under his belt, Craig now has ambitions to achieve the feat at full marathon level. He will be attempting the record at the Loch Ness Marathon on 23 September.

The World Record holder isn’t just doing it for himself though, but for a charity close to his heart. He has already raised £1,200 for the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, formally the Yorkhill Children's hospital, and has set a final target of £2,000.

While running marathons isn’t for everyone, Craig has advice for any budding athletes thinking of taking on long distance events.

“Jelly babies, and hard work.” 

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