Oldest person to climb the seven summits (including
Climbing the seven summits (the highest mountains of each of the seven
continents) is a huge accomplishment for anyone of any age, but completing this
extremely difficult fitness challenge at the age of 73 is doubly impressive.
Roman Blanco began his climbing challenge when he was 42 years old by climbing
Aconcagua. However, he went on to climb all six other mountains – including
Everest – following his 60th birthday. Roman finally completed his challenge at
the age of 73 years, 357 days, proving that you are never too old to reach your
Youngest person to complete a marathon on all continents
Tim Harris achieved a Guinness World Record in 2007 for becoming the youngest
person to run a marathon on all seven continents. Tim, 23, completed this
impressive feat in just 95 days, starting his challenge in Argentina before
moving on to marathons in New Zealand; Palermo, Italy; Seattle, USA; Singapore;
Marrakech, Morocco; and Antarctica. Despite facing a 5,000 foot climb, snow,
wild dogs and illness along the way, Tim completed his challenge on 12th
December 2006 – before celebrating with a 100K race across Antarctica, just for
World’s largest salad
In 2010, residents of the island Crete, in Greece, entered the Guinness Book
of World Records when 500 volunteers created the world’s largest Greek salad,
which weighed in at a massive 13 417 kg – beating the previous record of 10 260
kg. The salad, which contained almost 7 000 kg of tomatoes, 3 000 kg of cucumbers
and 800 kg of Feta cheese, was created to raise awareness for the local trade
and area, and was contributed to by local farmers and their families.
Heaviest aircraft pulled by a man
If you thought lifting weights at the gym was tough, imagine pulling the
weight of a 416,299 lb aircraft several metres across the ground! This is
exactly what Kevin Fast accomplished in 2009 when the Reverend Doctor broke a
world record by pulling a CC-177 Globemaster III a distance of 8.8 metres across
the Canadian Forces Base in Ontario, using a home-made harness. This is just one
of thirteen world records currently held by Kevin, who also broke records for
the heaviest house pulled by an individual and the heaviest vehicle pulled with
an arm wrestling move.
Longest time spent laughing
Ethiopian Belachew Girma claims to hold a Guinness World Record for laughing
nonstop for a total of three hours and six minutes. While it may seem like an
unusual achievement, Belachew has a serious goal behind his record. In a country
where there is often little to laugh about – and where Belachew himself has lost
two wives to HIV and businesses to fire and flooding – Belachew’s aim is to help
minimise stress and pain and promote healing through laughter. The world record
holder has now set up what he believes to be the first laughter class in Africa
to further his cause.
Most marathons run in a calendar year
Running a marathon is a huge achievement, but if running one marathon a year
is no longer a challenge for you why not go for a world record? The most
marathons run in one year currently stands at a truly impressive 106 races. IM
Chae Ho broke the male world record by completing his 106 marathons in 2009 at
the age of 59 (a record later matched by 67 year old R. Laurence Macon), while
Yolanda Holder broke the female record by completing 106 marathons in 2010.
Longest bouncy castle marathon
It may not seem the most obvious fitness challenge, but bouncing on a bouncy
castle is not as easy as it looks – especially when done for 26 hours at a time!
In March 2011, as part of the fourth birthday celebrations for Hero’s the Party
Experience in Ohio, five members of staff set themselves a challenge of beating
the record for the longest time spent bouncing on a bouncy castle. After a night
and day of bouncing they succeeded in setting a new record of 26 hours, scoring
themselves a place in the Guinness Book of Records as well as raising
money for Diabetes Youth Services.
Fastest mile on a space hopper
When it comes to breaking unusual records, Ashrita Furman has it covered. The
New Yorker has set more than 300 world records and currently holds the record
for the most current Guinness World Records held at the same time by an
individual. Specialising in taking childhood activities to the extreme, in 2010
Ashrita broke the record for fastest mile on a space hopper in 13 minutes flat.
Some of Ashrita’s other records include fastest time to hula hoop 10 km, fastest
one mile sack race, fastest mile piggy back race and fastest mile on a pogo
stick whilst juggling three balls.
Kissing has a wealth of health benefits; it can lower stress hormones,
produce endorphins and even burn off calories. All this may come as good news to
Ekkachai and Laksanka Tiranarat, who locked lips for two days to break a kissing
record. The Thai couple took part in a contest organised by Louis Tussaud's
Waxworks in Pattaya, Thailand, where couples were required to continually kiss
with no sleeping or sitting permitted. The husband and wife team were
eventually announced the winners for their kiss, which lasted 46 hours and 24
World’s oldest person
Most of us would class getting into our 90s as a long life span, yet Jeanne
Louise Calment far surpassed this by living a total of 122 years and 164 days –
the oldest verified age of any human being ever. Jeanne – who lived on her own
until shortly before her 110th birthday, took up fencing at the age of 85 and
rode her bicycle up until the age of 100 – was believed to be in good health
right up until she died in 1997. Jeanne put her good health down to olive oil,
which she used on her food as well as rubbing it into her skin, and her diet of
nearly one kilogram of chocolate a week – although she was also renowned for her
active lifestyle and unflappable nature.