No short-cut for record breaker who drove length of Britain on a lawnmower
A prison officer's 874-mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats on a lawn mower has officially been accepted into the Guiness Book of Records.
Kirkham prion guard Andy Maxfield, from Inskip, completed the trip on a John Deere tractor, which has a maximum speed of 10mph.
Andy’s feat last summer has helped to raise more than £5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
He hoped the fund-raising journey would secure him a world record and has now received the good news that he would feature in the famous Guiness Book of Records.
It has been confirmed his time of five days, eight hours and 36 minutes was the fastest time for a journey on a ride-on lawn mower ever recorded.
He said: “I’m very proud my record attempt was successful but I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of my family and support team, and having a great lawn tractor certainly helped.”
To supply proof to Guinness, the lawn mower was fitted with a tracking system, monitored by tractor firm John Deere’s operations centre.
Initially, Andy wanted to raise £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
However, Andy has raised almost 10 times that, following a charity ball at Christmas.
He said: “So far we’ve collected more than £9,000 and now I’m trying to reach a new target of £10,000 by the end of the year.”
Andy’s father was the inspiration behind the fund-raiser.
However, he died from dementia in January, unaware that his son’s marathon trek had been accepted as a world record.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides help and advice to anyone affected by dementia.
The National DementialHelpline is available on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk.