On 27th October eight members of the Ashby De La Zouch & District Round Table commenced their Guinness World Record Attempt for Longest Marathon Trampolining by a Team, at the Rebound Trampolining Park in Ashby De La Zouch.
The record attempt required the team of 8 to continuously bounce for over 25 hours rotating in shifts of up to 30 minutes including bouncing throughout the night. The rules also stated that the team must eat, sleep and remain at the side of the trampoline throughout the entire duration of the attempt.
The aim of the record attempt was to raise money to hold a heart screening event in Ashby De La Zouch in January 2018 in conjunction with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Every week at least 12 fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions in the UK. Often there are no warning signs and no ill health. As they are undetected, they are rarely treated.
Ashby Round Table were made aware of such a local case and decided that rather than donate to the charity, they wanted to do more so they planned to raise the full £5000 required to host a heart screening event in the town.
At 20:30 on Saturday 28th October with 25 hours and 30 minutes elapsed the team had unofficially set a new Guinness World Record.
James Burrows of the Ashby Round Table, spoke about completing the record attempt: “I can’t describe the feeling of pride, achievement and relief we all felt when we reached the time we needed”.
Amazingly Ashby Table have already surpassed their target raising over £5400, with donations still coming in, meaning that the heart screening event will go ahead as planned next January.
James went on to talk about the challenge they faced: “Our biggest challenge in preparation was finding independent witnesses to volunteer to oversee our attempt (Inc. throughout the night), however the community really rallied, and we had 13 people including firemen, surveyors, town council planners, doctors etc giving up their time for this great cause.”
“The hardest part of the attempt itself was the endurance factor of maintaining focus and motivation with little if any sleep”.
The next steps for Ashby Round Table are to submit all the documentation, photos, videos and other evidence for review by Guinness World Records, following which a verdict could be expected within 12 weeks.