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Sack race champ Stephen Wildish finally wins world record

March 27, 2018 5:00 AM
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A DETERMINED dad has finally bagged Mo Farah’s 100 metre sack race world record - eight months after he first took to the track.

Stephen Wildish offered the Olympics running ace a chance to recover his pride - challenging him to a 400m sack race showdown.

The 37-year-old, who last October claimed he’d beaten Farah’s 100m world record with a time of 28 seconds, joked: “I'd love to challenge him. He’s more of a long distance runner.”

Dad-of-two Stephen, of Wroughton, said he it felt “fantastic” to finally be awarded the world record after his second attempt at Swindon’s County Ground athletics track.

In October, Stephen crossed the finish line in 28 seconds - smashing Olympics champion Mo Farah’s 2012 sack race record by 11 seconds.

“I’m still in a daze,” he said. “I’d been preparing for attempt number three. I was looking at booking the track - and suddenly you’ve got it.”

The record came as a surprise for graphic designer Stephen. He had been locked in a dispute with organisers Guinness World Records, who initially refused to grant the dad-of-two the 100 metre sack race record - claiming his starting position in the sack broke the rules. An attempt to set the 400m sack race world record was also disallowed.

It came after an earlier attempt to break running ace Mo Farah’s 100m sack race world record had to be binned, after Stephen discovered the Hessian sack in which he’d made the bounce bid was “too small”.

Stephen, whose talent in the sack race as a schoolboy sparked his bid for world record glory, now hopes to take on the 200m sack race world record. He said: “It’s easier than the 400 metres.”

The graphic designer, who owns Marlborough-based agency Wildish & Co, has been putting in the hours at the gym in preparation for the new record.

“You get some funny looks when you’re on the treadmill in the sack,” he joked. His training advice for any would-be sack race champion was to focus on “anything that’s bouncy”, adding: “Jumping around, trampolining - anything that’s good for your calves.”


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