Eight-year-old Brackley school boy breaks world record for Pogo stick jumping as part of 2.6 fundraising challenge

Freddie Shortridge has smashed the world record with 2,293 bounces on a Pogo Stick in 24 minutes non stop without falling off.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 5:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 10:48 am

Freddie joined dozens of other students and staff from Winchester House School in Brackley to take part in a national initiative called the 2.6 Challenge.

With the 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon postponed until October The 2.6 Challenge was created to help charities struggling to raise money.

Members of the Winchester House School community joined thousands of people nationwide doing self-made challenges which involved the numbers 26.2.

The school came up with their own version asking children to create a personal / family challenge involving the numbers two and six. The school created a Virgin Money Giving page, which everyone forwarded to friends and family in an effort to raise money for the school's chosen charity, Operation Smile.

Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of medical volunteers from over 80 countries is committed to helping improve the health and lives of children from more than 60 countries.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the fundraising campaign can do through the following Virgin Money Giving web link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/winchesterhouseschoolAs part of challenge Freddie originally did 262 bounces on his Pogo stick. He later decided to go bigger and smashed the world record with 2,293 bounces on a Pogo Stick in 24 minutes non stop without falling off.

The school received a massive amount of participation in its 2.6 Challenge.

Freddie Shortridge, aged 7, and year three student at Winchester House School in Brackley

A school spokesperson submitted the following on its 2.6 Challenge: "Daisy shooting 26 hockey goals, Teddy sneezing 26 times, Mrs Irvine running 2.6k, Mr Irvine cycling around the school ‘block’ 26 times, Luke completing 26 front, back and side flips on his trampoline, Logan and Penny creating and skipping over a 26.2 square hop scotch, Teagan did 262 knee drops on the trampoline, Skye cycled 26.2k, Henry swam 26 lengths, Flora ran a 0.1km hill course 26 times as part of a heptathlon with her family, Rowan, Declan and Liam cycled 2.6 miles, Kyra ran 2.62 miles, Mr Leach did 26 keepie uppies with a football, Charlotte did 10 exercises in sets of 26 with her father Nick, Mason, Scarlett and Hunter did a 2.6 mile bike ride, Hamish completed 2.6 lengths underwater, Maisy did 26 activities, former staff member Peter Barr cycled 26 laps of a 2 mile course in the Scottish Highlands, Jamie completed 26 tennis volleys, Oscar did two sets of 26 turns on his Segway, Mr Gray walked 2.6k carrying 26.2kg with Mrs Gray filming and Freddie did 262 bounces on his Pogo stick.

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Members of the Winchester House School community take part in the 2.6 fundraising challenge

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Members of the Winchester House School community take part in the 2.6 fundraising challenge
Other members of the Winchester House School community take part in the 2.6 fundraising challenge