Report from Chris Smith
A RUNNER yesterday claimed a big cat scared him so much he won a race.
Iain Taylor crossed the line in a forest run 18 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. But yesterday, he said he had seen a black panther in Blairadam Forest, near Kelty, Fife.
The big cat, which has been seen before, has been dubbed the Beast of Blairadam.
Iain, who is secretary of Carnegie Harriers running club, said: ''A cat ran out from the south side of the forest, right across the track.
''I would say it was about two foot high, three foot long and was black.
''The following day, there were what looked like cat prints in the snow.
''A couple of guys in the club had said they had heard a cat out there but I'd always thought it was a load of rubbish.
''I'd never believed in the Beast of Blairadam but there is a big cat there. It's probably the reason I won the race.''
Scottish Big Cat Trust researcher George Redpath said: ''There have been a lot of sightings in the area.
''I wouldn't dispute the runner's sighting at all. It's probably a black panther.''
Daily Record, 16 th January 2004
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