Let’s face it, who doesn’t love seeing a Guinness World Record? Here at Lyons Holiday Parks we recently took on one of our own with the World’s Largest Cocktail Stick Hedgehog, which was successful, and got us to thinking, just how many other triumphant GWRs are held in North Wales? There’s a whole variety of records currently held by our fellow North Walians who are dotted around locations near our North Wales caravan parks, from having the oldest international football pitch to the most cosmetic makeovers by a team of five, or the furthest distance waterskied in 60 minutes– there have been a wide range of crazy attempts in North Wales that have managed to secure their spot in the Guinness World Record Books. Here’s the list of the current records for you to be amazed by:
- The most recent of all the records belongs to fitness instructor Sasha Kenney who attempted to break the record for the world’s largest hula hoop workout, which was attempted on 4th October, at Glyndŵr University.
Sasha succeeded in gathering an additional 419 people to join the event, exceeding the current record of 407 people set in Scotland on 2nd March, 2013. Sasha and her accomplices are awaiting validation from the Guinness Book of World Records to make it completely official.
- The town of Wrexham in the North East is the proud holder of the record for having the oldest international football ground still in use.
The first ever international match to kick off at the Racecourse was on 5th March, 1877, which saw Wales take on neighbours Scotland, in a game that saw the Scots win 2-0.
- Ex-professional footballer, and current TV presenter, Robbie Savage, who is Wrexham-born, was triumphant in making it into the record books in 2014 with his attempt at sitting on the most seats in one minute.
Just to add some additional competition to the effort, Robbie went head-to-head with fellow ex-footballer, Alan Shearer, with Wembley Stadium in London playing host to the event on 13th March, 2014. The Welshman came out on top in the event, which was in aid of Sport Relief, sitting on 86 seats – beating off Shearer to come first, by just one seat!
- 27th July, 2012, saw Ian Drummond take the record for the highest ever vertical drop on to a target while on a bicycle.
The record-breaking drop saw Ian drop a full 3.3 m, or 10ft 9.92 inches, at an event in Colwyn Bay.
- A man by the name of Steven Thiele sealed the title for furthest distance waterskied in 60 minutes, back in April 2011.
The route saw Thiele start the attempt on the waters of Anglesey, from the Menai Suspension Bridge, making his way towards Puffin Island, before coming back on himself to the finish back at the starting point, covering a distance of 23.85 miles. Oh, and what makes Steven’s accomplishment even more commendable is the fact that he has been blind since he was eight years of age.
- Some Holywell beauticians have gotten themselves into the record books when they set the record for the most cosmetic makeovers in one hour by a team of five.