No short-cut for record breaker who drove length of Britain on a lawnmower

A prison officer's 874-mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats on a lawn mower has officially been accepted into the Guiness Book of Records.

Monday, 6th August 2018, 11:39 am
Updated Monday, 6th August 2018, 6:03 pm
Andy Maxfield, from Inskip, on his world record trip - travelling the length of Breat Britain on a lawnmower

Kirkham prion guard Andy Maxfield, from Inskip, completed the trip on a John Deere tractor, which has a maximum speed of 10mph.

Andy’s feat last summer has helped to raise more than £5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

He hoped the fund-raising journey would secure him a world record and has now received the good news that he would feature in the famous Guiness Book of Records.

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It has been confirmed his time of five days, eight hours and 36 minutes was the fastest time for a journey on a ride-on lawn mower ever recorded.

He said: “I’m very proud my record attempt was successful but I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of my family and support team, and having a great lawn tractor certainly helped.”

To supply proof to Guinness, the lawn mower was fitted with a tracking system, monitored by tractor firm John Deere’s operations centre.

Initially, Andy wanted to raise £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

However, Andy has raised almost 10 times that, following a charity ball at Christmas.

He said: “So far we’ve collected more than £9,000 and now I’m trying to reach a new target of £10,000 by the end of the year.”

Andy’s father was the inspiration behind the fund-raiser.

However, he died from dementia in January, unaware that his son’s marathon trek had been accepted as a world record.

The Alzheimer’s Society provides help and advice 
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The National DementialHelpline is available on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk.