A Doncaster school has achieved a sporting first after pupils set a new world record – for lunging.
A total of 316 students and staff at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in Edlington smashed the current Guinness World Record, for the most people performing lunges for a minute, by nearly 50.
A lunge is a sporting exercise used by athletes in cross-training and by weight-trainers as a fitness exercise to tone the legs.
Participants put one leg in front of the other, bend the front knee and lower the body to the ground.
The record-breaking bid was the highlight of the whole school sports day which involved over 1,200 people.
The world record attempt was made under very strict monitoring conditions set out by a Guinness World Records team.
Over the last four weeks the school has been holding special assemblies and presentations to inspire the students to sign up for the once-in-a-lifetime event
The attempt also raised more than £300 for the school’s 2014 charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
The world record bid was started just after 1pm when Civic Mayor Pat Haith, acting as the adjudicator sounded a klaxon.
It was officially verified by staff from Doncaster College University Centre, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Doncaster Rotary Club International, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and special constables from South Yorkshire Police.
The previous record for the most people performing lunges before today was 267 and was achieved by a health studio, Novo Nordisk, at Westminster Park Plaza in London, in February of last year.
But in glorious sunshine, pupils from all years at St Thomas Wharton were joined by students from its seven feeder primary schools to have a good go at breaking the record.
The event was masterminded by recently qualified teachers and has been in the planning since Easter.
Lunge leader Ian Byrne, an English teacher, said: “We were looking for something as a whole-school project for sports day and someone came up with the idea of trying to break a world record.
“We looked round for what we could do and someone came up with lunges.
“We’re very pleased but I don’t know how long we will hold the record for now,” he added.
Keepmoat the building firm, which is working on a contract in Edlington, provided sponsorship in the form of a commemorative T-shirt for every participant.
Students paid £1 to enter.
Also attending was the Mayor’s Consort, Alan Haith, and Coun Georgina Mullis, Deputy Mayor of Edlington.