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South City News: Paddy's on the double; SHELDON: Bid to break two more fitness records.

Byline: By Emma Cullwick

SUPERFIT Paddy Doyle, who has more than 100 fitness titles under his belt, is hoping to break two more records when he competes for Great Britain later this year.

Paddy, 41 and from Balsall Common, is set to travel to the USA in August to represent the UK in the World Record Challenge Games.

But one attempt at a new world first is not enough for the fitness fanatic. He also plans on representing the country at the World Record Games in Germany in November.

Paddy, who moved to Balsall Common from Sheldon almost four years ago, is training hard for the challenges with a gruelling fitness regime, which sees him running five miles, rowing 10,000m, cycling five miles, completing 500 press ups and 500 sit ups, six days a week.

The self-confessed adrenaline junkie, who teaches the Access To The Military Course at Solihull College, will gradually step up his training as he gets closer to the events.

"In my view there are many records out their yet to be broken and I won't stop until I've done them all," said Paddy, who also owns a gym at Holly Lane Sports and Social Centre, in Holly Lane, Erdington.

"It will be great to go out to America, which is a country that really takes endurance sport seriously, which is not necessarily the case here in the UK."

In Germany, Paddy will attempt a five-hour, non-stop ultra fitness record, completing a one-hour session on a climbing machine, carrying a 40lb back pack, a one-hour cycle, another hour of rowing, 60 minutes on the treadmill, again with a weighty rucksack, as well as a tough running challenge.

In the US, he will be doing ten hours of unbroken gruelling exercise, including weightlifting, rowing, an hour of sit ups, swimming and 60 minutes worth of star jumps.

He will be judged on how many repetitions he manages and the distance he covers within the given time.

Since 1987, Paddy has achieved 135 regional, national, British, European and World fitness endurance records, beating some of the toughest athletes.

He became obsessed with keeping fit after serving in the Army and RAF for more than eight years.

"I was always into sport, but the Army helped me to become more focused and disciplined," added Paddy.

But it's not just sit ups and press ups that keep him fit. He has recently started a form of Salsa dancing classes.


FIT FOR A CHALLENGE... Paddy Doyle in training.
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Date:May 9, 2006
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