Jamie is all booted up for Hy­dro world record at­tempt

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen war vet­eran has been left stunned af­ter se­cur­ing the Glas­gow Hy­dro for his at­tempt to break a world record.

Jamie Kennedy is aim­ing to smash the record for the worlds largest boot­camp on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13.

He had been look­ing for a venue but never imag­ined he would se­cure some­where so pres­ti­gious.

The for­mer Burgh and Stonelaw pupil is also hop­ing to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for the Ersk­ine char­ity for ex-ser­vice­men and women.

And with the Hy­dro se­cured, he hopes it will en­cour­age peo­ple to get be­hind his world record at­tempt.

He said: “I kind of thought we never stood a chance of get­ting the Hy­dro, but I think be­cause of what it is for they’ve looked at it and thought they could fit it in.

“I’ve a guy work­ing with me called Billy Steven­son, I was put onto him by Ersk­ine and he’s got a lot of con­tacts.

“It feels real now. It’s only seven weeks away, it seems to have come from nowhere and there’s lots of or­gan­is­ing to do.

“I don’t think num­bers are go­ing to be a prob­lem. In fact, we might need to re­duce the num­ber be­cause it’s in­door now, but we’ll still be well over the world record. The big­gest is­sue is try­ing to get spon­sor­ship, but we’ve had a few com­pa­nies get in touch.”

Jamie (33) joined the RAF at 19 but soon trans­ferred to the Army, be­com­ing a bomb dis­posal ex­pert with 11 EOD reg­i­ment.

Af­ter serv­ing in places like North­ern Ire­land, 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 is now is cur­rently a fit­ness in­struc­tor based in Xercise4less in East Kil­bride.

The cur­rent world record for the largest boot­camp stands at 2061.

Jamie added: “I’ve started work­ing on the pro­gramme for the ac­tual ses­sion. All I can do is turn up on the day and take peo­ple through a work­out, which I do ev­ery day for a job any­way.

“The ad­min side has been a bit of a night­mare but Billy has been a great help with that.

“We’ve had to look at the pric­ing struc­ture though be­cause we’re now in the Hy­dro and it’s look­ing like it will be £10 to take part and £5 for spec­ta­tors.”

Tick­ets for the event are ex­pected to be­come avail­able soon.

Any­one in­ter­ested can check out Jamie’s Face­book page, www. face­book. com/ JamieKennedyPT. You can also email him at worl­drecord­boot­camp@gmail.com or give him a call on 07880365279.

Record breaker Jamie Kennedy is all set to try and mus­cle his way into the Guin­ness Book of Records

Venue The Hy­dro

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