Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

VIDEO: Charity fundraising Manchester powerlifters smash world record

VIDEO: Charity fundraising Manchester powerlifters smash world record

| By Eve Langford

Powerlifters from Manchester smashed a world record this weekend, lifting 751,000kg in a 12 hour weightlifting mission for charity.

The team, who train at the Olympic Gym in Eccles, reached their target with hours to spare whilst raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Raising the Titanic, or rather a whopping 24,360 tonnes, was the initial aim of the event, with the results still being collated to ascertain whether they were successful.

Orgainser Scott Britton estimated that around 2000 lifters took part in the nationwide event from gyms ranging from Glasgow to the south coast.

The world record of 471,000kg lifted in 12 hours by a team of 12 athletes was quickly surpassed and the team went on to set an impressive total of 751,000kg for future groups to aim for.

Over £6,000 was raised for the cancer charity through text donations and entrance fees and the team are hoping there will be more to come as sponsorship money is accounted for.