An Irish adventurer has smashed cricket star Freddie Flintoff's Guinness World Record for zorbing 100 metres in the fastest time.
James Duggan from Funmanway Adventure Land in Dunmanway, Co Cork shaved more than three seconds off of Flintoff's record completing the 100m zorbing run in 23.13 seconds. Flintoff's record of 26.59 seconds had stood since 2012 when he made 14 different world record attempts as part of BBC Sport Relief.
The new record attempt took place during the Sam Maguire Harvest Festival in west Cork, the event celebrates Dunmanway's most famous son who the All-Ireland football trophy is named after.
James had two referees adjudicate his attempt and must now await official confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records which could take two or three weeks. The course had to be mapped out in detail beforehand to ensure it met the criteria for the record attempt as the terrain is not allowed to drop more than 10 inches over the 100 metre duration.
A delighted James said that the record attempt had been something he has been considering for some time.
“It took a lot of preparation with the course and everything and the weather is also a big consideration. You have to have the right conditions if you want to give it a proper attempt and the wind in particular is something you have to watch for.
James hopes his success will inspire others in Ireland to take up the challenge. “It's great fun and I've laid down the challenge now to some lads in GAA clubs and that sort of thing so maybe we'll see some tough competition for this zorbing record in the future,” he added.