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FROM sweetcorn kernel eating to dog walking and scoring penalties, the North has a whole host of entries in the latest book of Guinness World Records. We trawled through the famous book that details those who have achieved global feats which have not yet been equalled. Our sports stars get a number of honourable mentions, although one former Sunderland star has an unwanted title. And there’s a fair smattering of records you didn’t realise were out there to be broken. So here is our list of North East record breakers:
Held by Newcastle United and with added poignancy since the recent death of midfielder Cheick Tiote who scored the never-to-be-forgotten equaliser in the game. It was of course against Arsenal when the Magpies trailed 4-0 after the first 26 minutes before netting four goals in the final 22 minutes to earn a point at St James’ Park in February 2011. From the sublime.... Ian Richard Purvis from Sunderland is the proud holder of this records having eaten 236 sweetcorn kernels in 3 minutes, using a cocktail stick in August, 2003.
The largest dog walk involved 22,742 dogs who took part in the Great North Dog Walk organised by Anthony Carlisle which was held on the Leas, South Shields, in June 2011.
Daredevil Ian Drummond from Houghtonle-Spring holds this record with a bicycle jump of 4.06 m (13 ft 3.84 in) at an event in Newcastle in August, 2012.
5 The most selfies taken in three minutes.
The first of three records held by Toon legend Alan Shearer. He was part of a record attempt which saw 134 selfies taken in three minutes at Newcastle School for Boys in April this year.
6 The largest collection of 2000 AD memorabilia.
How he manages to fit it into his home who knows, but Robert Stewart from Sunderland holds this record with 10,018 items, verified on March 2016.
7 The fastest time to recite the first verse of a song by a team of two.
One of those odd records we predict a few of the people reading this will have a go at. The record is 7.06 seconds and is held by BBC Newcastle presenter Jon Harle and Sean Shannon from Canada, who recited alternate words of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley and the Comets on November 13, 2008 as part of Guinness World Records Day.
8 & 9 Most successful penalties taken in the English Premier League plus most goals.
It’s than man again. Alan Shearer scored 56 penalties in the English Premier League while playing for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United from 1992–2006. Shearer has also missed the most too – 11 in total, including a famous one against Sunderland -– however there is no Guinness World Record category for this. But there is for the all-time Premier League top scorer, which Shearer holds with 260 goals. The dog walk record was broken in the Great North Dog Walk of 2011
Alan Shearer holds record for the most Premier League goals and penalties 1 Largest comeback in Premier League History
4 The longest platform-to-platform bicycle jump 10 Longest winless streak by a football player in the English Premier League. We’re sure Jack Rodwell is absolutely delighted to claim this record which he achieved while playing for Sunderland and...
2 Most sweetcorn kernels eaten in three minutes using a cocktail stick 3 Largest dog walk