Injured ex-soldier scoots to record
Published 03/10/2011 | 15:52
An injured former soldier claims to have broken the world record for the longest distance travelled on a mobility scooter in 24 hours - despite an unexpected assault by a hungry badger.
Although the attempt has yet to be verified by Guinness World Records, former Corporal Mark Newton, of Loughor near Swansea, travelled 182 miles in 24 hours - surpassing the previous record of 154 miles.
He began the epic challenge at Pembrey Country Park at noon on Saturday, travelling round the three kilometre circuit through the night before finishing at noon on Sunday.
He said: "It was a very tiring 24 hours.
"The oddest thing was getting attacked by a hungry badger in the middle of the night.
"We stopped to change the batteries on the scooter and while I was resting a badger snuck up and tried to steal the Welsh cakes I had been eating from my lap. It certainly gave me the shock I needed to keep going for the remainder of the ride."
Mr Newton, 44, who served with The Queen's Dragoon Guards as a tank crewman, took part in the record attempt to raise money for the military charity SSAFA Forces Help - as it provided him with the scooter after he became injured.
The father-of-two sustained a crippling knee injury 20 years ago, following a freak accident on a football pitch.
"I was taking part in a routine Army training session near a base in Cyprus when I stepped into a large hole in the pitch and my knee completely gave way.
"Six months later I was discharged from the Army. I've since undergone 11 operations and now suffer with severe arthritis."