James swings into action to clinch record

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MADCAP student James Saward-Anderson has entered the record books by smashing an eye-watering challenge.

In a bid to raise £10,000 for WaterAid the 22-year-old swung a 16kg kettlebell 780 times in an hour – which is equal to lifting 12,480kg.

James Saward-Anderson (23) during his challenge.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14896-8430) PPP-140327-223758001

James Saward-Anderson (23) during his challenge.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14896-8430) PPP-140327-223758001

The previous world record was 12,000kg.

In front of a crowd at the University of Portsmouth, James feared he would not make it.

He said: ‘I’m not going to lie, it was really, really tough.

‘I was under a lot of pressure to succeed and I’d spent a lot of time organising, making sure everything was going to be alright on the night. It left me quite stressed and anxious.

‘Starting off, I don’t think I was in the best mindset and at times it felt horrific. My right leg really started to hurt.

‘It was a battle and at one point I didn’t think I would do it because I was quite far off.

‘But it was a case of gritting my teeth. I was so happy when I made it, although I think I can do better.’

James, of Clarendon Road, is no stranger to tough stunts.

In 2011 he ran 800 miles from Canterbury to Rome.

He then ran a marathon along Southsea beach, submerged in 16 inches of water while lugging a 90lb rucksack.

He has also climbed up stairs covering 5.6 miles in 21 hours, somehow finding time to do 2,000 press-ups on the way.

The aim of the incredible series of challenges is to help WaterAid, a charity aiming to improve water sanitation and availability in third-world countries.

He has raised £1,600 so far and is desperate to meet his target.

The international development student said: ‘For me it’s just a small celebration and then on to the next challenge.

‘I will have to think up something really big to hit my target.’

To sponsor James go to justgiving.com/James-Saward-Anderson.