Andy out to bag record

Andy Ross warms up for his record attempt.
Andy Ross warms up for his record attempt.
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FIGHTING fit Andy Ross plans to power his way into the record books with a marathon punch bag challenge.

The 24-year-old, of Seaburn, Sunderland, has set himself the tough task of hitting a punch bag for a marathon 39 hours to win a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Andy, who trains at the Fight Factory gym in Frederick Street, South Shields, hopes to take on the mission in June and raise cash for charity in the process.

The current record is held by former two-time world kickboxing champion Bernard “Swiftkick” Robinson, who set a time of 37 hours and 30 minutes.

In the course of trying to set a new best, Andy will only be allowed a two-minute break every hour.

But he’s no stranger to putting his body to the absolute limit ...

Back in 2008, Andy completed a gruelling 10,000 press-up challenge in one day for the NSPCC charity. His punishing schedule for his new mission sees him hitting the gym six days a week for a two-hour workout.

Andy, originally from Whitburn, said: “I like to train and train for a target – I want to break records. I’ve still been doing my push ups and started to work on my fitness. As for this, it is more about fitness than strength.”

You can sponsor Andy by emailing