Pantsman thinks he has world underwear record cracked

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PANTSMAN Gary Craig is confident he has pulled himself a new world record.

The 53-year-old, of Whitburn, got himself into the Guinness books last year when he managed to put on 211 pairs of underpants.

But American Janine Keblish overtook him when she pulled 252 pairs of underwear in February.

With Sunday’s Great North Run as a backdrop, the dad-of-three claimed back his record.

“It went very, very well and the official number is 302,” he said.

“I wanted to be the first person to put on over 300 pairs and I did it.”

He added: “I think I’m also the first person to hold the record twice – probably because no one else is daft enough to do it twice.

“I wanted to break the record by so much that if anyone else ever does manage to break it, they will definitely deserve it.”

Gary, who works as an architect when not practising his unusual act, attempted the feat in a tent on Gypsies Green while local band the Gaslighters entertained runners, their families and those who came out to watch the race.

He said: “Putting on all those pants is harder than it looks because you’re carrying an incredible weight, but the crowd really spurred me on and kept me going.

“The Gaslighters compered it and gave people updates every now and again, and it was just brilliant.

“There must have been about 1,000 people in that tent and they were all cheering me on.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better time and place to do it.

“I think this is it now though, I’m not going to go and attempt any more world records.

“My wife Jacqueline helps me out with this one by getting all the pants ready and helping me get them on, but she doesn’t like the limelight as much as I do.

“The atmosphere on Sunday was fantastic and I smashed the world record, so I couldn’t ask for more.”

Gary filmed his world record attempt and will send it to Guinness before a final decision is made, as to whether or not he has claimed back his title.

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