I leapt off a 140ft bridge nearly 1,000 times in ONE DAY – there was a risk of blindness but my arms just hurt a bit | The Sun

I leapt off a 140ft bridge nearly 1,000 times in ONE DAY – there was a risk of blindness but my arms just hurt a bit | The Sun

October 13, 2023

A THRILLSEEKER leaped off a 140ft bridge almost 1,000 times in one day and revealed how he could have suffered with bleeding eyes as a consequence.

Mike Heard took on the bizarre challenge that saw him smash the Guinness World Record for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours.

The fearless bloke leaped from the Auckland Harbour Bridge in New Zealand a staggering 941 times and surprisingly claimed he only suffered from a "tender" body and sore arm as a result.

Speaking to Stuff a day after his world record triumph on Wednesday, he revealed his head "was all good" – despite the common risks that are known to surround excessive bungy jumping.

One sports expert told the outlet that “during a bungee jump physiological responses occur in the body of a jumper, such as mild dizziness, increased sweating, and rapid breathing."

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Another expert revealed that people completing just a single bungy jump while using a heart rate monitor found that the estimated gravitational forces on the body experienced were close to that of a jet fighter pilot.

“There was potential for detached retinas in the eye,” she said.

One more grisly study on injuries in bungee jumping reported that ocular bleeding and nerve dysfunction in the legs were also common in those who participated in the extreme sport.

But Heard braved the potentially gruesome outcomes and set his heart on earning the Guinness World Record title.

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He did admit that the jump was not only physically challenging but mentally too.

“The mental game really was calculating the speed that we were taking the jumps over. But I never wanted to give up," he told the outlet.

While the thrill chaser was plunging off the bridge to bring the world record crown home, he also raised over £4,000 for the Mental Health Foundation.

This isn't the first time Heard has thrown himself consecutively off a bridge though, as in 2017 he attempted to break the record but only managed 430 jumps.

He revealed he's had time to train and become more mentally focused on his goal – and it's taken him just five years to turn 430 into 941.

Heard previously held the world record in 2017, having jumped 437 times from the same location.

With Wednesday’s achievement, he snatches the title back from French man Francois-Marie Dibon, who jumped a whopping 765 times in 2022.

It comes after a gardener who grew the world's heaviest cucumber won a Guinness World Record with his 4ft long, 30lbs monster vegetable.

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Another woman's Daschund gave birth to a staggering 11 puppies in the new world record litter for a sausage dog.

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