Ashrita balancing a lawnmower on his chin

ashrita-walesThe world record for balancing a running lawnmower on a chin while walking has been broken – and it happened here in the garden of Wales. New Yorker, Ashrita Furman broke the record by doubling it to 48.5 meters in Carmarthenshire ’s National Botanic Garden of Wales. Ashrita, 62, has set more than 600 official Guinness Records since 1979 and currently holds more than 200 records – including the official record for the most records held at the same time by an individual. He said of his latest attempt: “The lawnmower had to be running and then it’s handle balanced on my chin and the whole time you are having to battle against it using your neck and head while walking.”

He said he was pleased to break the record. Previously the distance was 20 metres and on Monday he managed to reach 48.5 meters. Furman said the garden was a perfect location for the challenge. As a follower of spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy and meditation, he said it was a fitting venue, as it has a statue of Sri Chinmoy in the gardens. He added: “It was my first world record attempt in Wales. Being the person with the most world records under his belt Furman is always looking ahead to his next attempt. Over the years he has held record breaking titles from the longest cycle ride underwater, sack racing against a yak in Mongolia, the world’s largest popcorn sculpture (at 20ft high) and bouncing on a kangaroo ball along the Great Wall of China.

“It’s a beautiful place and Carmarthenshire too is so nice, we have friends here so I thought I would do my challenge.” Furman has set records in 40 countries and has broken a record in all seven continents, yes including Antartica. This milestone was reached when he set the mile hula hoop record at Ayers Rock in the Australian desert. He runs a health food store in Jamaica, Queens, New York, along with being the tour manager of his meditation group. Looking ahead to his next challenge Furman is hoping to break the longest stilt walking challenge. “That will probaby be back in New York because it will have to be done on a track, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Asked how he comes up with his challenges he explained: “The ideas come to me and sometimes I revisit records that I have set and others have since broken. “That’s the problem with having so many records to my name, is that they also get broken all the time.” “So I don’t get mad at those records being broken, I see it as a challenge.”


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