Media identity set to mow down opposition in World Record attempt

It was while flicking through the Guinness Book of Records last Christmas with his son Kobe when local media identity Steve Hirst came across the 24 hour world record for pushing a lawnmower by an individual which is held by Andy Maxfield at a time of 92.80 km (57.66 miles) in the UK back in 2019.

Steve’s not sure whether it was post-Christmas bravado or an inspired attempt to win over his 10 year old son but he immediately said he could beat that record and become the new world record holder.

Steve and Kobe Hirst

“I did the numbers in my head and I thought breaking the record was very doable so set about creating a training regime focussed on breaking that time which I will do on October 7-8 at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

“I am under no illusions that it is not going to be one of the most difficult things I have undertaken as I will essentially be pushing a lawnmower from the same distance from the Sunshine Coast to Mt Gravatt (92km) in Brisbane’s southside but I am really motivated and I have a great team to support me.

“I also want to use it as an opportunity to raise $70,000 for local charity IFYS so they can purchase a new VW Transporter for the Old Church Youth Accommodation to use as a shuttle bus.

“I’ve lent on my contact from my time here on the coast working in radio, print and TV and I have some great sponsors on board including Cricks Sunshine Coast, Queensland Easy Building Solutions, Sunshine Coast Hotels, Big Kart Track, Sajen legal, Go Transit Media Group, Performance Physiotherapy, Sea FM and my current employer Southern Cross Austereo. Sea FM will also be broadcasting live from 3-6pm on the day.

“I really think Andy Maxfield’s world record is in trouble, I am combining a few things I love, physical and mental challenges, helping good people and I really do love mowing the lawn. I’m feeling fit and strong and I have downloaded a stack of podcasts so I’m ready to roll….or push!” Steve said.

Steve Hirst’s Guinness Book of Records world record 24 hour mowing challenge will take place on October 7-8 at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

For more information or to make a donation, visit: 24 Hour Mower Challenge

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