Thursday, July 06, 2017

A GUINNESS World Record for the longest cavalcade of light commercial vehicles in a charity event has most probably been set in Camross over the weekend.

A convoy of 83 vans and jeeps began and finished the 62-kilometre journey in Camross village in the Slieve Bloom mountains of lovely Laois.

Marshalling services were provided by bikers from the Carlow Motorcycle Club and Bikers of Éire, who kept the large cavalcade together throughout the entire journey.

Local man Ger Hogan’s idea of holding Red Run 2017 and attempting to either break or set a world record is now awaiting official confirmation from the Guinness World Records (GWR), which is based in London.

A spokesperson for GWR said: “The team will have to submit evidence in line with our guidelines, including videos, pictures, independent witness statements, log books and so on. Once all the evidence has been uploaded, it can take up to 12 weeks for our records management team to review.”

However, according to organisers, word from London seems to suggest that this is a new category, inevitably making it a Guinness World Record.

Chairperson of the fundraising committee Mr Hogan said: “Our Red Cross has one only ambulance and one jeep. The volunteers desperately need another ambulance. I started wondering how to put a good and different fundraising event together to raise as much as we could for the local Red Cross. I formed a committee with three other local people Pauline and Séan Bergin and Derek Glynn.

I approached the Laois Red Cross treasurer Sonya Flanagan about my fundraising idea and she loved it. At a meeting, Sonya’s husband Rusty suggested that we add jeeps into the mix, that we would get more support if we did, and then Red Run 2017 was born.

We have all the official evidence that the Guinness World Record needs to decide if we have created a world record. We asked Gearóid Henderson from Portlaoise to video the cavalcade leaving and returning to Camross. We’ll get that along with all other evidence to the GWR in London as soon as possible and anxiously wait their reply. Hopefully Camross village, Co Laois will be in the 2018 Guinness World Record book.”

A 5km family fun walk also took place, which raised extra funds.

A free barbecue was provided for the hundreds of people who attended the event, which was sponsored by Joe Mallon Motors in Portlaoise.

MC for the night was local man Rock-on Tommy (Pat Keating), who provided an array of music, comedy and entertainment. Later in the evening he ran a monster raffle and a fun auction, where one man bought the same shovel twice.

The organisers wish to thank everyone who helped out and those who supported the event and helped to fundraise over €10,200 on the night.

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By Stan Henderson
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