Organisers of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, were left baffled on the finish line when an unusual case of mistaken identity, and local rumour, led them to believe that Hollywood superstar Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin were taking part in the 81 mile cycling challenge.
Fevered excitement built up in the Highland Perthshire town ahead of the arrival of the Salmon Fishing in the Yemen star, and when participant numbers 1474 (Ewan) and 1475 (Colin) were spotted close to the finish line, hundreds of spectators gathered to get a glimpse of the Hollywood icon.
Crossing the finish line in a blue jersey and cycling helmet, Ewan McGregor was thrust into the limelight as eager photographers, reporters and television cameras who had waited for hours, fought to get pictures of his moment of glory. However, within minutes, it became apparent that the Ewan in question was NOT in fact the Hollywood actor, but someone else entirely.
Puzzled looks and some quick questioning confirmed he was, in fact, Ewan McGregor and that he had been riding the event with his DAD, Colin McGregor.
When quizzed as to whether he had been mistaken for his famous namesake before he commented, “Yes, just a little.”