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Charity bounce 'sets world record'

A group of friends took part in a 36-hour bouncy castle marathon for charity
A group of friends took part in a 36-hour bouncy castle marathon for charity

A group of friends believe they have broken a world record after completing a 36-hour bouncy castle charity marathon.

The team, from Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, jumped up and down day and night during a carefully planned rota of 20-minute stints.

They were left dizzy and sore by the challenge but were determined to beat the previous team record of 27 hours, set in July last year.

Guinness World Records rules stated that at least one member of the team had to be bouncing at any one time.

The women in the team were 20-year-olds Sian Beckingham and Jasmine Hole, Jayne Gibb, 21, and Kelly Toogood, 23.

They were joined by Pete Temlett, Ashley White, Adam Nelson, and Corey Thomas, all 23.

Dozens of friends and family also attended the event to provide much-needed food and support.

The event took place by Weston's Sand Bay and lasted from 8am on Saturday to 8pm on Sunday.

Personal trainer Miss Toogood, who was raising money for Weston Hospicecare, said: "At the beginning it was not too bad but then as the hours went on it became harder and harder.

"By Sunday our knees, lower back and legs were hurting. We had to eat so much food to keep going but we had to wait an hour after eating before we could start jumping again.

"We were bouncing for 20 minutes at a time, then we had a two-hour break.

"We all did the challenge for separate charities, which was really important. The charities were close to everyone's hearts.

"I still can't believe how long we lasted, it hasn't sunk in yet."

The previous record, of 27 hours, was set by the Louisa Development Group at the Louisa County Fair in Columbus Junction, Iowa, US, on July 26 and 27 last year.

The Weston-super-Mare team have been told that Guinness World Records will confirm whether a new record has been reached in four weeks.

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