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#Record Breaking

# record-breaking - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

The epic story of the Vikings in Ireland - as depicted on a 23-metre chainsaw-carved tree

Professional tree carver John Hayes is out to impress at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

# record-breaking - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Record-breaking season finale of Game of Thrones brings in millions of viewers

Over 16.5 million watched the season finale in the US alone.

# record-breaking - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

From The42 How runaway leaders Cork City can rewrite the history books Statto

How runaway leaders Cork City can rewrite the history books

The Leesiders could break a number of all-time records this season.

# record-breaking - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

These were the top 10 films in the Irish box office last year

2016 was a record-breaking year for the Irish box office.

# record-breaking - Sunday 7 August, 2016

From The42 Jim Furyk made history today on the PGA Tour History Made

Jim Furyk made history today on the PGA Tour

The American golfer shot a 58 in the final round at the Travelers Championship.

# record-breaking - Monday 27 June, 2016

Irish cancer survivor breaks world record for fastest 5km on crutches

Nikki Bradley beat the previous record by 5 minutes and 32 seconds.

# record-breaking - Wednesday 18 May, 2016

Rare 'Oppenheimer Blue' diamond sells for record-breaking $50.6 million

The diamond went at an auction in Geneva today, auction house Christie’s said.

# record-breaking - Monday 18 January, 2016

Scientists discover worms as big as snakes… that may help reduce flooding

The worms were found in Scotland.

# record-breaking - Friday 1 January, 2016

A lot of people happened to visit the Guinness Storehouse in 2015

It was a record year for the tourist attraction as more than half of its visitors came from the UK and US.

# record-breaking - Sunday 27 December, 2015

Irish ships in the Mediterranean rescued almost 9,000 migrants in 2015

Both Ireland’s maritime Defence Forces and its Coast Guard have had a year to remember.

Shorts and t-shirts on show in New York - as Christmas temperatures hit 22 degrees

It was the warmest Christmas Eve on record for the city.

# record-breaking - Sunday 13 September, 2015

From The42 Here's why tonight's Milan derby could be one of the best ones yet Record Breaking

Here's why tonight's Milan derby could be one of the best ones yet

There’s plenty of expectation and 77,500 will be crammed inside the San Siro to see what unfolds.

# record-breaking - Sunday 23 August, 2015

Not planned a holiday yet? These amazing destinations have all broken Guinness World Records

Smallest country. Narrowest street. Tallest hotel… Biggest disco ball.

# record-breaking - Tuesday 5 May, 2015

This MONSTER cruise liner will be parked up in Dublin next week

She’s so big she’ll have to either reverse in or reverse out… (So undignified).

# record-breaking - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

From The Daily Edge Meet the man who's challenging Ellen's Oscar selfie record It's On

Meet the man who's challenging Ellen's Oscar selfie record

Ellen’s Oscars selfie now has over three million retweets. This man wants MORE.

# record-breaking - Monday 7 January, 2013

Pics: Limerick man wins Christmas Tree Throwing Championship Competition This post contains images

Pics: Limerick man wins Christmas Tree Throwing Championship

More than 360 people took part in the competition in Ennis, Co Clare at the weekend.

# record-breaking - Monday 10 December, 2012

From The42 Modest Messi shrugs off 86-goal record

Modest Messi shrugs off 86-goal record

He may be only 25, but the Argentine star has already proven himself as the best of his generation.

# record-breaking - Friday 17 June, 2011

From The42 Carefree McIlroy stuns Congressional with record-breaking round Open Season

Carefree McIlroy stuns Congressional with record-breaking round

Twenty-two-year old becomes the first golfer in US Open history to reach 13-under par.

# record-breaking - Friday 18 March, 2011

From The42 Ireland’s cricket heroes bow out with victory over Netherlands Homeward Bound

Ireland’s cricket heroes bow out with victory over Netherlands

Ireland recorded a six-wicket win over the Netherlands in their final game of the 2011 Cricket World Cup this morning.

# record-breaking - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

A FORMER British army captain has become the first known person to walk the length of the Amazon river – a feat previously believed to be impossible.

Ed Stafford, a 34-year-old from Leicestershire, England, walked for 859 days through the Amazon jungle, tracking the length of the world’s second-longest river.

Stafford‘s feat has been called “truly extraordinary” by the famous British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who added that the achievement “puts Stafford’s endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present”.

Rather than deterring him from the monumental challenge, Stafford says it was the fact that people told him it was impossible to walk the length of the river that encouraged him to try.

“A lot of people telling me that it was impossible to walk the entire length of the Amazon that spurred me on even more,” Stafford said, according to ABC news. “As soon as they said ‘that’s impossible,’ it made me want to prove them wrong.”

Watch Stafford speaking to ITV news before the adventure began:
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In April 2008, Stafford began the odyssey that would take him took two-and-a-half years at Peru’s Mount Mismi.

The original estimate for the journey was about 12 months, however extreme flooding forced Stafford to tack an extra 3,200km onto his route.

Stafford says that he decided to walk to the length of the river, blogging and videotaping his experiences as he went, in order to bring attention to the suffering of the indigenous people of the Amazon and the destruction of the rainforest.

He had company during the journey, too. He started out the walk with another British adventurer, Luke Collyer but following a disagreement the men parted ways and Stafford carried on alone. A few months later, he was joined by Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera, a Peruvian forestry worker who agreed to walk with him for five days to help him negotiate with the tribes of a particular area – but ended up staying with him to the end.

The two men endured extreme conditions that pushed them to limit mentally and physically. They encountered deadly reptiles, like electric eels and pit vipers, and water-borne dangers like piranhas – which, it must be noted, they made short work of.

Stafford also had a botfly burrow into his head, which his friend helped him to remove (if you think you have the stomach for it, see here).

He recalled some dangerous encounters with indigenous tribespeople, who were fearful of the mens’ motive:

Locals believed white people would come and steal their babies and kill people in order to remove body parts and sell them. There were genuine looks of absolute terror when we arrived in communities… If we had acted aggressively I have no doubt they would have killed us.

However, he said that once they had shown that they could be trusted the local people warmed to them: “The chief ended up walking with us for 47 days… we became good mates,” Stafford said.

In between dodging poisonous snakes and staving off starvation, Stafford also fielded questions from curious schoolchildren across the world. In his Question of the Week video, he addressed a question sent via mobile satellite links, in an attempt to keep people engaged with his cause.
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Stafford was forced to recuperate briefly just 85km from the finish line, as he was suffering from severe exhaustion. However, he walked the final stretch on Monday, arriving at the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean Monday in Maruda, Brazil.

Proving his doubters wrong once and for all, Stafford wrote on his blog today:

Job done. 28 months and Cho and I have finished walking the Amazon. I always knew it was possible. :-)

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