At­tempt

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.

You can keep up to date on Jamie’s progress on the Face­book page: www. face­book. com/ pages/ Worl­dRecord-Break­ing-at­tempt-at-largest­boot­cam­pCir­cuits-class/15997540834 98017?pn­ref=story

Record breaker Jamie Kennedy is hop­ing to earn his place in the Guin­ness World Book of Records

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