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Come and break a world record in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2011

If you've ever fancied getting your name in the record books, a charity event in Norwich this month is offering you the chance.

A hundred world records are set to tumble at the world championship record-breaking day to be held at The Forum, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Members of the public are being invited to join in the fun at the event, organised by Hoveton-based fundraiser and record-breaker Shaun Jones, who goes by the name of Mr Remarkable Man,

Mr Jones, 50, a painter and decorator and plasterer, of Hoveton, holds five world records for squat power-lifting and for the bizarre feat of blowing up hot water bottles and bursting them.

He had been due to break records at last September’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for the charity, but scalded his foot in an accident with a kettle, putting him out of action for weeks.

It was while he was recovering from his injuries that he came up with the idea for the record-breaking event, being held in conjunction with Record Holders’ Republic, a rival organisation to Guinness World Records.

He will be attempting to break the world one-hour squat-lifting record, as well as two other records. He will be joined by other accomplished record-breakers, including Dean Gould, holder of 40 world dexterity records.

Other weightlifting records will also be attempted, along with sports records including squat thrusts, crunches, push-ups and star jumps.

Laptop typing, mobile phone texting, Rubik’s cube and hula-hooping will be among some of the other disciplines at the event.

Members of the public aged 18 and over will be able to take part in most events. A suggested donation of £5 is suggested per entrant.

Mr Jones has supported Macmillan Cancer Support since losing his mother Joan Lake to the disease nine years ago. “The care they gave her, and the support they gave the family after she had passed away, was brilliant,” he said.

“I want to help Macmillan reach a whole new area. If we can get them on the global record scene it will be a big help to their fundraising.

“This should be a fun day out for all the family. I want people to come down, get involved and see if they have what it takes to be a record breaker.”

Luke Wheeler, of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “This promises to be a really exciting, out-there, wacky event. Macmillan has just turned 100 so this will be a good opportunity to raise awareness of what we, as well as fund-raise.

“The work that Macmillan does is more important than ever. More and more people need our help.”

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