We’ve been combing through the history books and thought we’d share some of the records attributed to the local area – with as many videos as possible. We found some very strange records, and i’m sure there are more, so please let me know what I’ve missed!
Rugby – Longest Drop Goal
Gerald Hamilton kicked a drop-goal 77.7m for South Africa vs England at Twickers on Jan 2nd 1932. The current pitch length is 105m. Unfortunately we don’t have a video for this.
World’s Largest Zumba Class
On June 11th 2011 Marble Hill Park hosted the world record break for the largest number of people Zumba-ing. 2012 people were dancing at one time and raised money for British Heart Foundation and the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice (now Shooting Star Chase). Unfortunately we lost this record to India in September 2012 when 6,671 people Zumba’d in Hyderabad.
Most Backing Dancers For A Singer
In 2010 Twickenham Stadium broke the (unofficial) world record for the most number of backing dancers behind a singer when Alexandra Burke turned up with 380 dancers. The following year, on Saturday 23rd April 2011, 546 students (aged 7 to 18) arrived at Twickenham Stadium to dance with Heather Small as she sang ‘Search For The Hero’.
Fastest Time To Decorate A Christmas Tree
James Moore broke this record in Teddington on 12th December 2011 with a time of 1 minute 55 seconds. To meet the official requirements he decorated the tree with 100 lights, 2 lengths of tinsel, 15 baubles and a star on top.
Largest Attendance for A Rugby Union Regular-Season Club Game
On 27 December 2011 Harlequins and Saracens played Big Game 4 and broke the previous record of 76,716 by selling out Twickenham Stadium – which has a capacity of 82,000.
Largest Game Jam in a Single Location
In September 2012 Dan Rutter, a Teddington resident, was one of nearly 300 students who took part in the Microsoft and Train2Game event that saw them create a new video game in 48 hours. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a video of this exciting experience.
Largest Gathering of Men Just Wearing Underpants
Yes, there’s no end to the amazing records set locally. This one, from 2009, was set by 146 men dropped their trousers at The Stoop.
The stunt was organised by Cosmopolitan magazine to raise awareness and funds for testicular and prostate cancer.
And Finally… The Most Ridiculous Dog Video To Go Viral on You Tube
And the winner is… Fenton the Dog, running through Richmond Park