Posted by guest on 1st June 2012 at 05:30 PM
Walkden dancers smash world record attempt
by Tom Rodgers
Walkden pole dancers raising money for a children's charity face a nervous wait to see if they've broken a world record with their latest attempt.
Seven dancing fanatics from the Pole Sessions studio on Manchester Road took on the day-long challenge to raise money and awareness for Lagan's Foundation, who offer support for children with congenital heart defects.
"We soldiered on. We were getting desperate at about midnight when we knew we had 12 hours to go," said studio owner Claire Henderson.
"It was physically so hard.
"I've got about 30 blisters on my hands, legs and feet," said a bruised and battered Claire.
The team managed 24 hours and 12 minutes, which is an unofficial world record for the longest continuous pole dance.
Read the full story and watch our video with the dancers
Claire's four-year old son Jaeden joined them at 10am as the girls were over 20 hours in to their attempt.
It took a monumental effort to get through the night, with dancers taking turns in shifts throughout Thursday. Gabbots Farm and Price's Bakery provided food and snacks to keep up morale and there were even makeshift beds set up in a back room.
"I just want to thank our photographer Tracey Gibbs as well as all the instructors for their magnificent effort: Francesca, Sinead, Stevie, Becky, Vicki and Kerry."
Find out more about Lagans Foundation here
Images by Phil Portus
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