A PENKRIDGE student is aiming to become the first person to complete a marathon - on a pogo stick.
Jack Sexty, 24, a journalism masters student at Staffordshire University is also hoping to break the world record for furthest distance pogoed in 24 hours when he takes part in the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 6 April.
e will use the event to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
He said: “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.”
To achieve the world record, Jack will have to beat current holder James Roumeliotis from America who covered 23.22 miles in 14hrs 32mins in 2011.
Jack is aiming to complete the marathon in under 12 hours.
He 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 said: “I have been training in carefully selected quiet locations, much to the bewilderment of a few dog walkers I have come across.
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.”
Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“What an amazing way to raise money! 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.
“Every £20 he raises will pay for an hour of vital research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”
To donate money to Jack visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mightaswelljump.