Wednesday 13 November 2019

WATCH: Cavan farmer completely demolishes World Record for the longest distance reversed by a tractor

Cavan farmer Patrick Shalvey is treated to some post-competition neck rubs. Credit: RTE
Cavan farmer Patrick Shalvey is treated to some post-competition neck rubs. Credit: RTE Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cavan farmer Patrick Shalvey demolishes a Guinness World Record on tonight's Big Week on the Farm.

It's been some week for smashing World Records on RTE's Big Week on the Farm.

Earlier this week, Cavan butcher Barry John Crowe broke the record for sausage-making in the new series' opening epsiode when he B made 78 sausages in 60 seconds, beating the previous record of 60.

And tonight, farmer Patrick Shalvey, whose family are hosting the RTE show on their dairy farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, smashed the existing world record for reversing a tractor and trailer by 2.8 kilometres.

The attempt was filmed on Wednesday last week with Patrick reversing his 30-year-old tractor and trailer down the N3 in Cavan, complete with a garda escort.

Cheered on by his family and friends, the Cavan farmer took it all in his stride.

Footage of the attempt and GPS tracker information were sent to Guinness World Records for verification and on tonight’s Big Week on the Farm, Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank confirmed that Patrick had broken the record.

Patrick reversed the tractor and trailer for a total of 20.16 kilometres. The previous record was held by Kerryman Eamonn Hickson who managed 17. kilometres in August 2014. To qualify as a record, the entire journey had to be done in reverse using a commercially available tractor and trailer with no modifications.

Speaking after learning he had broken the record, Patrick said: “I’m thrilled with that result. It is just fantastic. It was very enjoyable doing it and I had great help along the road. It is fantastic to be able to beat Kerry in something! It was two and a half hours and my neck was a bit sore afterwards but I had a bit of physio. It was worth it – to get that result tonight was really, really good”.

Big Week on the Farm airs all week on RTÉ One at 7pm.

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