‘Mr Pogo’ makes history after 10-hour bounce-off for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on 3rd July 2015

Extreme fundraiser Jack Sexty made history yet again yesterday (Thursday 2 July) after claiming the world record for the most consecutive bounces on a pogo stick.

The gutsy 25 year old, from St Anne’s in Bristol, bounced non-stop for 10hrs 21mins. During that time he hopped a staggering 88,047 times, or just under two-and-a-half times a second. Jack competed to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, in honour of a close family member living with dementia.

Jack, who was already a multiple pogo record holder, performed the gruelling stunt at the annual extreme pogo world championships, Pogopalooza, in Philadelphia, USA. Dubbed Battle of the Bounce, Jack was also competing against the two previous world’s best, Americans Casie Merza and James Roumeliotis. All three surpassed the previous record of 75,005, set by Casie the month prior, but she bowed out with fatigue after 75,281 bounces, while James pulled out on 86,757.

Before starting the challenge, Jack said:

“I’ve watched as a close relative of mine has deteriorated as a result of dementia, and it’s no way to live out your final years. With research methods becoming more and more advanced, there is now a real possibility that my generation won’t have to fear dementia. But of course this research needs continual funding, so I want to raise as much money as I can for Alzheimer’s Research UK to help defeat this debilitating condition.”

Jack became known as ‘Mr Pogo’ in March last year after completing the Greater Manchester Marathon on a pogo stick. His finish time of 16hrs 24mins landed him two Guinness World Records – the longest distance pogoed in 24 hours and fastest marathon on a pogo stick. Then in August 2014 he broke the record for the fastest mile on a pogo stick in Helsingborg, Sweden, with a time of 10mins 2secs. That record has since fallen, with American Fred Grzybowski shaving six seconds off that time. To date, Jack’s pogo exploits have raised well over £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s pioneering dementia research.

Ahead of yesterday’s record-breaking bounce-off, Jack said boredom and the inability to go to the toilet would be his biggest obstacles.

He added:

“I am extremely grateful to Xpogo and Flybar, my pogo stick sponsor, for organising this record attempt. I hope people will give generously and help raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Jodie Vaughan, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Community Fundraising Manager, said:

“Everyone at Alzheimer’s Research UK is extremely proud of Jack for breaking yet another pogo world record while raising funds for the charity. Every penny he raises will bring us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, including over 4,600 people in Bristol. Despite this, research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias lags far behind other serious diseases. Research has the power to transform lives but we rely on public support to fund our pioneering research. It’s thanks to the dedication of people like Jack that we’re able to continue our work.”

To sponsor Jack, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mightaswelljump2015. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

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