Marathon effort as nightclub boss steps into record books

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STEVE Stevens knows just what it takes to raise almost £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice… 900,000 steps, five days and a pain in the knee!

The nightclub boss is heading for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after completing a marathon five- day solo disco dancing stint at the Aneglik nightclub in Worthing in memory of Sheffield woman Rebekah Stanley, a St Luke’s patient who lost her battle against cancer last year.

Steve, 35, based in Brighton, was so inspired by Rebekah’s struggle that he decided to take to the dance floor and smash the current world record of 123 hours and 15 minutes. It meant dancing for a dizzying total of 131 hours, with rest periods of just five minutes in every hour.

And, even though he kept energy levels at a maximum with a diet of fruit, porridge, jacket potatoes, chips, lasagne and protein drinks, he still managed to lose a quarter of a stone over the five-day session.

“It went really well,” said Steve. “I had 15 DJs supporting me and playing some fantastic music, and I’ve always been a dancer so I really enjoyed every minute of it.

“At four of five in the morning I’d be falling asleep and dancing at the same time, but there were plenty of people there to call out my name and keep me going and, as soon as the sun came up, I’d be fine again. The only problems I had were some pain in my right knee and a sore heel, but I enjoyed it so much I’d do it all again!”