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Savage nets world record - by the seat of his pants.

FOOTBALL commentator and broadcaster Robbie Savage has set a Guinness world record.

The 39-year-old former Wales international and Leicester City midfielder is taking part in a five-day challenge for Sport Relief alongside former England captain Alan Shearer at Wembley Stadium. During the gruelling task they saw how many seats they could sit on in one minute.

Savage pipped his fellow Match Of The Day pundit to the record by just one seat, having sat on 86 seats. Before the event the record stood at 60 seats in 60 seconds. After the challenge he tweeted: "I'm a World Record holder. 86 seats in one minute. Only another 15,000 odd to go."

The ex-professional footballers are facing off against east other in the Battle Of The Backsides - a five-day trial to be the first person to sit on half of the seats at the national football ground - which equates to 45,000 seats each.

Savage, a past contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, set the record during day three of the trial, but trails Alan Shearer in the overall event. The 44-year-old former Newcastle United striker had built up a 700-seat lead by the afternoon of the penultimate day.

Speaking yesterday, Shearer said: "It's ridiculously hard. And very, very, very sore. We've done almost 30,000 now, it's incredibly hard on every part of your body - not just your backside."

The public can support the event by donating PS5 to Sport Relief, which enters them into a competition to win tickets to the World Cup or Wimbledon.


Robbie Savage and Alan Shearer during their Battle of the Backsides >
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 14, 2014
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