Birmingham’s record breakers

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2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records first printed edition and we’re pleased to say that Birmingham will feature in the latest edition an impressive number of times.

The largest collection of sheep themed items, fastest robot to solve a Rubik’s Cube and the tightest car parallel parking are just some of the amazing, weird and wonderful records that are held by folk from the area, or have been set in the city.

So to celebrate this record breaking milestone year we’ve collated some our ten favourite records for your enjoyment.

The Harp’s Guinness World Records top ten favourites (Source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/)

Largest collection of sheep-related items
MICHELLE SULLIVAN, BIRMINGHAM – 15 APRIL 2013
The largest collection of sheep-related items is 777, as of 15 April 2013, and belongs to Michelle Sullivan (UK) in Birmingham, UK.

Most push ups in 12 hours
PADDY DOYLE, BIRMINGHAM – 01 MAY 1989
The most push ups completed in 12 hours is 19,325 by Paddy Doyle (UK) at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Birmingham, UK, on 1 May 1989.

Tightest car parallel parking
ALISTAIR MOFFATT, BIRMINGHAM – 08 JANUARY 2015
The tightest parallel park is 7.5 cm (2.95 inch) and was performed by Alastair Moffatt (UK) driving a Fiat 500C. The feat was achieved during the AutoSport International show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, on 8 January 2015. Read the full story.

Fastest half marathon in a suit
BEN MOORE, BIRMINGHAM – 21 OCTOBER 2012
The fastest half marathon run in a suit is 1 hour 39 minutes and 50 seconds, and was achieved by Ben Moore (UK), at the Great Birmingham run in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, on 21 October 2012.

Heaviest human pyramid
BBC TV STUDIOS,BIRMINGHAM – 17 DECEMBER 1979
Tahar Douis (Morocco) supported 12 members of the Hassani Troupe (three levels in height) weighing 771 kg (1,700 lb) on his shoulders, at BBC TV studios, Birmingham, UK on 17 December 1979.

Youngest hat-trick scorer – British football
20 OCTOBER 1970
The youngest scorer of a treble in British football is Trevor Francis (b. 19 April 1954) aged 16 years 307 days when he scored four for Birmingham City against Bolton Wanderers on 20 February 1971.

Most people in one pair of underpants
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK JAILBREAK SOCIETY, COVENTRY – 01 NOVEMBER 2014
The most people in one pair of underpants is 314 and was achieved by the University of Warwick Jailbreak Society (UK) in Coventry, UK, on 1 November 2014. The attempt took place to launch the university’s annual jailbreak charity event.

Fastest robot to solve a Rubik’s Cube
DAVID GILDAY, BIRMINGHAM – 15 MARCH 2014
The fastest time to solve a Rubik’s Cube (3x3x3) by a robot is 3.253 seconds by CUBESTORMER 3, an ARM-powered LEGO robot built by Mike Dobson and David Gilday (both UK) and demonstrated at the Big Bang Fair in the Birmingham NEC, West Midlands, UK, on 15 March 2014.

Fastest time to lay 12m² of carpet
STEPHEN DINELEY, BIRMINGHAM – 07 AUGUST 2008
The fastest time to lay 12 m² (129.2 ft²) of carpet is 6 min 20.18 sec set by Stephen Dineley (UK) on the set of 60 Minute Makeover, ITV in Billesley, Birmingham, UK, on 7 August 2008. Laura Farmer and Michael Whitty adjudicatedThe fastest time to lay 12 m² (129.2 ft²) of carpet is 6 min 20.18 sec set by Stephen Dineley (UK) on the set of 60 Minute Makeover, ITV in Billesley, Birmingham, UK, on 7 August 2008. Laura Farmer and Michael Whitty adjudicated.

Farthest distance danced by a couple
DAVID TURNER, KATIE WALTON, BIRMINGHAM,,HADLEY STADIUM ATHLETICS TRACK – 07 APRIL 2013
The farthest distance danced by a couple is 8.10 km (5.03 miles) and was achieved by David Turner and Katie Walton (both UK) at Hadley Stadium Athletics Track in Birmingham, UK, on 7 April 2013. David and Katie are competitive ballroom and Latin dancers, who teamed up for the purpose of the record. hey performed different styles of ballroom throughout the attempt, including the quickstep, foxtrot, American smooth and waltz.

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