A journalism student has bounced his way to victory with his third pogo powered Guinness World Record in a year, all in aid of raising cash for Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Jack Sexty has become affectionately known as ‘Mr Pogo’ after he completed the Manchester Marathon entirely on his beloved pogo, bouncing into the record books.
The 24-year-old’s most recent achievement was when he became the new Guinness World Record holder for the fastest mile completed on a pogo, adding to the £2,000 he has already made for the hospital.
Jack: “Although it was very tempting to hang up my pogo stick after losing a layer of skin off my palms and being unable to move for a few days after pogoing the Manchester Marathon, this record thing doesn’t half get addictive.”
In the Swedish town Helsingborg Jack accomplished the mile at the Xpogo annual world championships on an extreme Vuertego V3 pogo stick that can reach dizzy heights of over eight feet.
Jack’s last record was for completing a mile on the pogo in just ten minutes and two seconds, smashing the previous time held by New Yorker Ashrita Furman by over two minutes.
The extreme fundraiser has primarily focused his efforts in the Manchester area donating to the local Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity alongside Alzheimers UK.
Jack was in a world of pain after a16 hours of blister inducing pogo-ing session at the Manchester Marathon earlier in the year.
Jack revealed: “Although it was very tempting to hang up my pogo stick after losing a layer of skin off my palms and being unable to move for a few days after pogoing the Manchester Marathon, this record thing doesn’t half get addictive.”
The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital focuses on treatment, care and research and houses the biggest paediatric burns unit and critical intensive care unit nationally.
The hospital welcomes over 200,000 patients through its doors every single year and is fundamental in improving the lives of children from all corners of the country.
“Since first getting in touch with the hospital I have appreciated even more what vital work they do and how important it is to help to fund facilities which give critically ill children the very best chance of leading a normal life,” Jack said.
Hannah Thomas, PR and Events Manager for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, expressed her gratitude and said: “It is fantastic to have a Guinness World Record setter as a supporter of our charity and it is an innovative ways of fundraising, like this, which really contribute to the work Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is able to do.”
She added: “We are incredibly grateful to Jack for all his hard work.”
Jack and other generous fundraisers’ continued support ensures that the hospital can continue to provide additional resources for both patients and parents during difficult times to make their lives a little easier.