Weird and wonderful Guinness World Records held by Cambridgeshire people

Cambridgeshire has won its fair share of Guinness World Records, from the farthest brick-throwing distance to the most clothes pegs held in the hand in one minute.

Yes, Cambridge is known for the discovery of DNA and gravity and for developing the rules of football – but did you know it’s also home to the highest ever flying aeroplane.

Cambridgeshire is full of weird and wonderful talents and by the looks of it has a lot of worlds firsts.

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With so many unusual world records out there, like most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds and the worlds largest scoop of Ice Cream, Cambs was bound to have a few tricks up their sleeve too.

We’ve put together of some of the weirdest, funniest and most impressive world records that have been made in Cambridgeshire in a list below.

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Farthest brick-throwing distance

We don’t know who would think it’s a good idea to be throwing bricks around, but in June 1978 someone seemed to think it would be, and it got them a Guinness World Record.

At Braybrook School, Orton Goldhay in Cambridgeshire, Geoff Capes achieved the world record for farthest brick-throwing distance.

He threw a standard 2.27kg building brick 44.54 metres and has held onto the record for the past 43 years.

Most puppies of the same sex in one litter

One of a litter of 24 puppies which Neapolitan mastiff Pia gave birth to, creating a world record
One of a litter of 24 puppies which Neapolitan mastiff Pia gave birth to, creating a world record
(Image: MATTHEW USHER/ EASTERN DAILY PRESS)

A Mastiff, owned by Damian Ward and Anne Kellegher of Manea, Cambridgeshire, set a new world record for most puppies of the same sex in one litter.

All 15 male puppies were born on 29 November 2004 by their mum Tia.

First animal to be genetically sequenced

Here is an oldie but goldie, and with it being Cambs you’d expect some brainy Guinness World Records.

Dr Sydney Brenner, initiated a project back in the 1960s, at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridgeshire, of mapping a worm’s entire genetic information.

Skip forward to 1990 and a nematode worm is the first species of multicellular animal whose entire genetic code has been sequenced.

So technically this world record belongs to the worm that was in the Cambs lab.

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Most clothes pegs held in hand in one minute

In Wimblington, Stephen Beacher had a funny thought whilst hanging out the washing – that he could turn this into a world record.

On May 26, 2020, Stephen broke the record for the most clothes pegs held in the hand in one minute after researching this record many years ago.

He was able to hold 31 pegs in total, achieving a Guinness World Record and passing time during lockdown all in one go.

Fastest steam locomotive

The Flying Scotsman (pictured) is Britain's favourite steam train, but the fastest recorded was known as number 4468 Mallard.
The Flying Scotsman (pictured) is Britain’s favourite steam train, but the fastest recorded was known as number 4468 Mallard.

The highest speed ever ratified for a steam locomotive is 125 mph, with a brief spell at which the speed reached 126mph.

This record was achieved back in July 1938 by the London North Eastern Railway ‘Class A4’ No. 4468 Mallard.

Fastest half marathon dressed as a paramedic

The fastest half marathon dressed as a paramedic is 1 hour 34 minutes and 20 seconds which was achieved by Karsten Koehler, in Cambridge on March 8, 2020.

Karsten ran the Cambridge Half Marathon in 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global lockdown.

He has been active as a first aider for St. John Ambulance which inspired him to complete this Guinness World Record.

A crucial part of the attempt was that paramedic boots had to be worn for the whole race, so no running shoes.

This caused some bruising for Karsten on his feet, which meant he couldn’t run again for a few weeks after the attempt.

Largest group of people dressed as Steve from Minecraft

For those unfamiliar with Minecraft, it’s a popular video game where players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world with virtually infinite terrain.

Some particularly big fans in Peterborough decided to bring the virtual world to reality, breaking a Guinness World Record at the time, by same gathering a large group dressed as a character from the game called Steve.

It was the largest gathering of people dressed as Steve, with 337 people involved, making it a Guinness World Record holder.

MineVention hosted by O’Brien event management achieved this in Peterborough, on September 12, 2015.

Ping pong ball record

There are lots of world records relating to ping pong
There are lots of world records relating to ping pong

This next world record is a little more traditional than some of the others and was achieved in Cambridgeshire in 2018.

There are lots of world records relating to ping pong such as the fastest speed reached by a ping pong ball and largest ping pong ball release.

The one that clutched a world record in the county, however, was the most ping pong balls bounced into a target in three minutes.

A team at Abcam PLC in Cambridge, hit 149 through the target, on November 15, 2018, as part of an employee engagement event.

Most somersaults while skydiving

The third world record holder on this list is reserved for the daredevils and adrenaline junkies.

Harry Shimmin, bagged his world record by doing the most backwards somersaults in a skydive, in Peterborough in May 2017.

He trained for an entire year to achieve the record, which stands at 19 backwards somersaults, making him one of the more skilled and dedicated record-holders on this list.

Highest ever paper aeroplane

Would you be able to break the world record?
Would you be able to break the world record?

Here we have another Guinness World Record that includes flying through the air, except this time it’s in the form of a paper aeroplane.

We’ve all made a paper aeroplane and watched it nose-dive as soon as it leaves our hand, but for a team of school kids, this was not the case as they managed to create the worlds highest-flying paper aeroplane.

They managed to launch it 35,043m – achieved by David Green of Elsworth, Cambridgeshire, on June 24, 2015.

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