Student ready to swing his way into record books

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JAMES Saward-Anderson likes a good challenge.

In 2011 he ran 800 miles from Canterbury to Rome.

HEAVY WORK James Saward-Anderson with one of the kettlebells he will use for his challenge. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14651-489)

HEAVY WORK James Saward-Anderson with one of the kettlebells he will use for his challenge. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14651-489)

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

Now the 23-year-old University of Portsmouth student has set himself a new goal – to get into the Guinness Book of Records for swinging a heavy weight called a kettlebell, around 1,200 times in an hour.

James said: ‘I’ve been training really hard and I’m nearly at the record already, but on the day it’s going to be a massive heave to get over that finishing line.

‘I’m just going to be swinging it as hard and as fast as I can for the hour.’

James lives in Southsea and is in his final year of a degree in International Development.

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

James has already raised £2,000 for the cause and hopes the kettlebell challenge will nudge him further towards his overall goal of £10,000.

He said: ‘It’s a great cause and in today’s economic climate I think we can all give a little bit back to our wider community.

‘The challenge is also an opportunity to promote a really good exercise in kettlebells and a good opportunity to push myself.’

James said he would have to swing the kettlebell 20 times a minute for an hour to break the record.

‘I’ll be changing weights between a 16kg kettlebell and a 24kg so I’ll be mixing it up,’ he added.

James said another motivation for the challenge was to provide a ‘good news story’ about students.

He said: ‘People say students are lazy and just get drunk, but that isn’t the reality.

‘A lot of students want to give back to the community so hopefully people will learn about that.’

The challenge will take place at the university’s Union Building on Thursday, March 27 from 6pm to 7pm.

Donations can be made online at justgiving.com/James-Saward-Anderson.