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Penkridge student's pogo stick marathon triumph

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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Penkridge student Jack Sexty has leapt into the Guinness World Records after completing a marathon course on a pogo stick in aid of charity.

Jack, aged 24, who is taking an MA in journalism at Staffordshire University, tackled the route of the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon yesterday, April 6.

The route took him 16 hours of bouncing, but he managed to beat the distance record previously held by American James Roumeliotis, who managed to pogo 23.22 miles in 14 hours 32 minutes in 2011.

Jack, who was allowed a five-minute break after weach hour of bouncing, also used his marathon effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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He explained: “A close relative of mine is unfortunately battling Alzheimer’s disease so Alzheimer’s Research UK is a charity which resonates with me and my family.

“It’s an illness that does nothing for anybody and eradication is now a real possibility so I think it’s important to keep the funds coming in to allow the experts to continue working towards a cure.”

He is still seeking donations at his fundraising website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mightaswelljump

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