BALSALL Common strongman Paddy Doyle has smashed another Guinness World Record.
The former Paratrooper trekked more than 80 miles, wearing a backpack and carrying a ten pound weight in one hand. Sponsorship money from the 17 hour challenge will be used to send a Sheldon family on the trip of a lifetime.
Setting out in early hours of Thursday morning, the 44-year-old finally completed the speed walk at 8.40pm in the evening.
He had mapped out a route along the Stratford Canal and was cheered along the way by friends and supporters. To break the record, set by Sri Lankan Suresh Joachim, Paddy had to beat a distance of 78 miles, 7,121 metres. The former army man wanted to pass the 80 mile mark and ended up going for a further 600 metres.
“I had broke this record back in 1990 and it’s good to claim it back for Britain,” said the fitness trainer.
“It was painful and afterwards my whole arm felt tense, but it was great to have so much support from people. About 50-60 people had turned out to spur me on.”
Paddy is still counting up the sponsorship money which will be put towards a family holiday for his good friend Alan Deakin.
Alan’s 11-year-old son Samuel was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, while his other boy Thomas has cerebal palsy.
And Paddy has no plans to give up his record-breaking feats. He’s already planning his next escapade and is hoping to retake more records.
“I’ve set 172 records in all and 85 still stand,” explained the strongman. “Some of them have been bested over the years and I want to reclaim as many as I can.”
If you want to donate money towards Paddy’s efforts email firstname.lastname@example.org.