“I’ve managed seven miles in a time of 2hrs 5mins, so on that basis I’m on track to beat the record. However, pogoing for a prolonged period hurts your hands and puts strain on your calves, so I know it’s going to be an extremely physical challenge."
Jack Sexty, MA Journalism student
February 27, 2014: Staffordshire University student Jack Sexty is planning to pogo his way into the record books by completing a marathon on a pogo stick to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The 24-year-old MA Journalism student, from Penkridge, will use the quirky mode of transport to propel himself around the route of this year’s ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 6 April.
If he goes the distance, Jack will become the first – and fastest – person to complete a marathon on a pogo stick, landing himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
He said: “When I was 13, I pogoed to school in a vain attempt to redeem myself for getting into lots of trouble. Ten years on, it came up in conversation and I was curious to know if there was a record for the farthest distance bounced. It turns out there is a whole database of pogo-related records.”
The record for the farthest distance bounced in 24 hours is currently held by American James Roumeliotis, who covered 23.22 miles in 14hrs 32mins in 2011. To help his chances, Jack has enlisted the help of Xpogo LLC, the international governing body for the sport of ‘extreme pogo’ and Flybar, the original inventors of the pogo stick who will be providing Jack with their ‘Super Pogo’ stick.
Jack, who aims to complete the marathon in under 12 hours, will be allowed a break of up to five minutes for each hour bounced and has 30 seconds to get back on his stick if he falls off. A camera crew will film every leap for record verification purposes and volunteers will be on hand with drinks, snacks and spare equipment. He will start his challenge from the back of the 10,000-strong field.
Jack, a keen runner and triathlete added: “I’ve managed seven miles in a time of 2hrs 5mins, so on that basis I’m on track to beat the record. However, pogoing for a prolonged period hurts your hands and puts strain on your calves, so I know it’s going to be an extremely physical challenge. I have been warned the record I’m going for is possibly the most difficult Xpogo recognises, but I’m determined to give it my best shot. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has agreed to help me, especially Xtra Mile Events, the marathon organisers, for letting me use their course for the record attempt.”
Jack is hoping to raise £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, in honour of a close family member who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We wish Jack all the luck in the world for his pogo marathon and have our fingers crossed he manages to get his name in the record books.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK living with dementia today, including over 9,500 people in Staffordshire. We rely on public donations to fund our world-class research and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Jack that we’re able to continue our crucial work.”
• To help Jack raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, donate online, track his progress by following him on Twitter @MAWJextremepogo.
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