Costessey man sets world record after dragging vehicle more than two miles

A Costessey man now holds a world record after dragging a 2 tonne vehicle more than two miles.

Raising thousands of pounds in the process, Body building paramedic, Ross Filby, pulled an Aldi A6 rapid response vehicle for 3,511 metres, making him the world record holder for an unassisted solo car pull, beating the previous record of 3,200 metres.

All in aid of Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS), with whom he has volunteered for six years, he is now resting at home after the endeavour which raised £5,000.

Mr Filby, said: 'It was really hard, a killer, my legs are dead and my back aches but I'm going to have a bath and rest for a few days now.

'I would never do it again, I've been training for three months and I'm so happy we now have the world record.'

Around 70 people watched in chilly temperatures at the former RAF Coltishall on Saturday as Mr Filby completed his feat.

The Guinness World Record rules for the event allow 24 hours for completion, but the 37-year-old only took four. Beginning at 9.30am, he powered through to complete the monumental task by 1.30pm.

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Helping to boost awareness of the organization is something which Ross Filby feels is more important than the record. He said: 'We have managed to secure some sponsors through this, some people I have spoken to didn't know about the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service before now.

'Raising awareness is the most important thing because of all the work NARS does.'

Nars volunteers carry specialist equipment designed to cope with the most challenging of medical emergencies, and are called upon by the East of England Ambulance Service to help patients in the most serious conditions.

He added: 'The charity does a lot of really good local work and because I work for the ambulance service, it's quite dear to my heart.

'A rapid response vehicle could turn up and help give the patient a better clinical outcome so it's a really worthwhile local charity. I thought I should endure a bit of pain for them.'

Lord Russell Baker, Nars patron, said: 'This quite simply is an amazing effort. Nars saves lives – you can't get more important than that.'

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