Longest keepy-uppy journey - Dan Magness sets world
LONDON, UK -- Dan
Magness, 26, crossed London while continuously kicking
or heading a ball in the air for 14 hours and 36 miles - setting
the new world record for the Longest
Photo: Dan Magness stands outside Fulham
Football club before starting his World record attempt for
photo) His journey began at 8am at Fulham's
Craven Cottage, he then past Stamford Bridge, Upton Park and
the Emirates before ending 14 hours later at Tottenham Hotspur's
White Hart Lane at 10pm.
“I expected to break it, I knew I wasn’t going
to stop but by the end I was absolutely exhausted,” he said.
“I was just so happy with what we managed to do. “We had to
take a bit of a detour so that added an extra six miles more
than we expected to do.”
He was allowed to keep the ball off the
ground using all parts of his body, except his hands. He even
kept the ball up while conducting several TV and radio interviews.
The ball he used was provided by Alive
& Kicking - which gives free footballs to underprivileged
At the end of the grueling journey,
an ecstatic Magness said:
"I am absolutely exhausted, I've had every
sort of cramp but I am really proud."
“This is one of my best achievements yet but
there’s still plenty more in the locker!
The feat follows his previous successful
attempt, a record for keeping a ball continuously in the air
when he completed a full 24 hours worth of keepy-uppies in
Covent Garden in May last year.
Magness, who grew up in Bellfields, is now aiming
to put himself forward for other world record attempts.
Mr Magness put himself through another gruelling
training regime, including regular runs, before embarking
on his second successful attempt. He has also turned his skills
into a full time job, performing hundreds of half time shows
at football grounds up and down the country.
Magness also holds four other Guinness world records,
most recently he set one for controlling a ball for 24 hours
in a box in central London's Covent Garden.
With a number of other World Records in
the pipeline he added: “Watch this space, this record will
look small in comparison to the next one that’s coming."