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Greyhounds finish short of a world record

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

  • Greyhound owners and their pets from as far away as Newcastle joined the walk Picture: Steven Haywood

  • One of the walkers came well equipped for the sunny weather

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Hundreds of greyhound owners from across the country turned out yesterday in a bid to break a world record.

The Greyhound Sanctuary, which is based at Crediton, had hoped to set a Guinness World Record for the largest single breed dog walk.

In the event, 276 greyhounds made the walk, some way short of the 700 labradors which set the record in Poland for Kimberly-Clarke – the makers of Andrex Toilet Tissue.

But charity organisers were not downhearted with the event, at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, raising the profile of their work.

"The turn out was really good and everyone has had a really good time," George Hill, from the charity, said. "We didn't get close to the 1,000 dogs we were hoping to see but we have had amazing support. People have come from all over the country – as far as Birmingham, Newcastle, Norwich and Hull – and it has been really pleasing that people have been willing to travel that far."

The charity was established in 2007 to rescue and re-home abandoned, abused or unwanted greyhounds.

"Although we didn't break the record it has raised the profile of what we do and the problems that some greyhounds face," Mr Hill said.

"We were even able to rehome one dog, who has been with us for a long time because of health problems, which was brilliant."

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  • Trudy_Baker  |  September 16 2012, 4:48PM

    Staging this event in Devon, it is no wonder the record attempt failed by a huge margin. Should have been in the midlands. If the organisers had spoken to me first they would have got it right first time.

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