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IT'S A LONG WAY POGO; Jack hopes to smash pogo record with 75,000 bounces - all for a good cause.

Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

JACK Sexty is getting a bit of stick over his next charity endeavour - then hoping to bounce on it more than 75,000 times.

And the 25-year-old certainly has a spring in his step as he prepares to smash the world POGO record.

Jack aims to bounce into the record books during a head-to-head at next month's extreme pogo world championships, dubbed Pogopalooza, in Philadelphia.

The 'Battle of the Bounce' will see Jack, from Penkridge, Staffordshire, face current titleholder Casie Merza and previous champ James Roumeliotis.

Casie not only took James' crown, she smashed it, bouncing 75,005 times - that's 4,734 more than her predecessor.

Penkridge's Mr Pogo succinctly summed up the challenge ahead.

"Basically," he said, "it's going to be whoever can go the longest without stopping for the loo.

"Boredom will also be one of the biggest obstacles.

"I am training hard to ensure I don't find myself in the mentally torturous situation of knowing I need to keep bouncing for far longer than Casie and James to match their totals."

As well as attempting to make history, Jack is raising funds for Alzheimer's Research UK, in honour of a close family member living with dementia. He is being sponsored by pogo manufacturer Flybar.

Jack is no stranger to smashing records. Last March he completed the Greater Manchester Marathon in 16 hours and 24 minutes - on a pogostick, of course - earning him world records for the longest distance pogoed in 24 hours and the fastest marathon.

In August, 2014 he completed the fastest pogo mile in Helsingborg, Sweden, clocking 10 minutes and two seconds.

But Philly represents the toughest test to date.

When James Roumeliotis broke the record, he averaged 9,800 bounces per hour - that's 163 per minute.

"I'm going to have to be fast," admitted Jack.

"We will be bouncing on 4x4ft boards that will automatically count our number of bounces in real time, so people can track our progress online."

He explained his reasons for choosing Alzheimer's Research UK.

"I've watched as a close relative of mine has deteriorated as a result of dementia, and it's no way to live out your final years.

"With research methods becoming more and more advanced, there is now a real possibility that my generation won't have to fear dementia. "But, of course, this research needs continual funding, so I want to raise as much money as I can for Alzheimer's Research UK to help defeat this debilitating condition."

To sponsor Jack, visit uk.virgin-|moneygiving.com/mightaswelljump2015. To track his progress on the day, visit Jack's Facebook page by searching Might As Well Jump or log on to www.xpogo.com. Jack will start his challenge at 1pm UK time on Thursday July 2.

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