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Andy walks to new world record!

Rovers fan walks 273 laps of the Ewood Park pitch over a 24-hour period

4 July 2019

Andy Maxfield is confident he has become a double world record holder … at the home of his beloved Blackburn Rovers!

Andy, 50, believes he has broken the Guinness World Record for pushing a walk-behind lawnmower as far as possible in 24 hours.

The dad-of-two completed his epic charity challenge by doing 273 laps around the Ewood Park pitch, stopping only for the occasional refreshment break.

The record stood at a whopping 92.71km (nearly 58 miles), but Andy managed to cover 92.82km by walking around the perimeter of the pitch all day and night.

“It was awful,” he said afterwards. “I thought it would actually be easier than it was and it just about killed me!

“It was 92.82km, so we just beat it, but just is good enough.”

A prison officer from Inskip, Andy must now wait for Guinness World Records verification to officially confirm the news.

He achieved his first world record in July 2017 by driving a John Deere lawn tractor from John O'Groats to Land's End – a distance of 874.3 miles – in five days, eight hours and 45 minutes.

His second challenge – ‘Football United against Dementia’ – is once again raising valuable funds for Alzheimer's Society, a charity very close to his heart.

Andy walked 117,730 steps over the 24-hour period, all inspired and in memory of his dad, James, a fellow Rovers fan, who lived with Alzheimer’s for 13 years, before sadly passing away on January 1st 2018.

He is now asking football fans around the country for their support. To donate to the worthy cause, please visit Andy’s JustGiving page by clicking here.


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