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Chemmy Alcott and The Arctic V create a new Guinness World Record

By Vicky Anscombe

We were delighted to witness history being made last Friday, courtesy of The Arctic V.

Arriving in Hyde Park on a blustery afternoon, we had a good feeling that the five athletes would smash the Guinness World Record for fastest mile on roller skis by a linked team, but we didn't know just how well they'd do.

The team, consisting of Adam Libbey, Chris Brooks, Max Willcocks, Richard Gibbs and four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott, completed the mile in 6 minutes and 28 seconds.

The challenge was witnessed by an official adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records, who presented them with a certificate, confirming them as official record holders. It's fair to say at this point that they couldn't stop smiling.

The group were determined to achieve their first official Guinness World Record title after they unofficially broke the record for the farthest distance travelled on a static cross country machine in 24 hours in November 2014.

We managed to grab Chemmy for a few words after the gang received their certificate.

"I was exhausted!" she said (Chemmy was leading the team). "It's hard when you're at the front; it's great as you're in control but I didn't know what was happening behind me. There were stages when we were really enthusiastic, but when the headwind came we all became very quiet, and started focusing. We smashed our training time - we're so happy."


Chemmy Alcott The Arctic V Guinness World Record Hyde Park roller skiing

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