A war veteran who grew up in Rutherglen is hoping to muscle his way into the Guinness Book of Records.
Jamie Kennedy (33), is planning to break the world record for the largestever outdoor bootcamp by the end of this summer.
The ex- serviceman, who was discharged after suffering a knee injury, is currently a fitness instructor based in Xercise4less in East Kilbride, and he’s on the lookout for participants willing to help him achieve his goal.
Former Burgh and Stonelaw pupil Jamie will be using the attempt to raise money for Erskine - a cause close to his heart as someone who has served his country.
With the current record sitting at 2061, Jamie is setting his sights high, wanting to nearly double that.
But with things still at the planning stage, he admits he’s got a bit to go before he can become a record breaker.
He said: “The whole thing has grown arms and legs, the charity are even trying to get a football stadium for me to do it in.
“The current record is 2061, but I am aiming for 4000 people.
“I’ll get the numbers no bother. I’m going to get the schools involved as well as the TA and it’s all over Facebook.
“Adults will be charged 33 and kids £1 with the profits going to Erskine. People are talking about setting up stalls on the day and things like that, so I’m hoping to raise over £10,000.
“Everything is still in the early stages, we don’t even have a venue yet and once we get one I’ll get the date confirmed.
“I want to get local businesses involved and I’ve spoken to East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani who seems keen to support it. I’m confident I can get it done, maybe sometime in August or September.”
Jamie, who now lives in Anniesland, joined the RAF at 19 but soon transferred to the Army, becoming a bomb disposal expert with 11 EOD regiment.
He served in places like Northern Ireland, while his last tour was of Afghanistan before injury forced him out after 11 years. He tore ligaments in his left knee. His cartilage was removed and he was on crutches or 12 weeks.
He said: “I went back to Uni to study law but sitting at a desk wasn’t for me.
“I’m a qualified personal trainer. It’s a great way to get people fit and help them lose weight and it’s been going well.
“There was pressure in the Army, and it’s a different kind of pressure doing this, but I like to push myself and set myself targets. The more pressure I am under the better I perform.
“I stay in Anniesland now so Erskine is near me. It’s a good charity and for an ex-serviceman like myself it’s close to home.”
Founded in 1916, Erskine is the leading care organisation for ex-Service men and women in Scotland.
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Record breaker Jamie Kennedy is hoping to earn his place in the Guinness World Book of Records