10 April 2024

Mike Land, Bungee-jump survivor puts fitness to the test ahead of Guinness World Record attempt. A branding expert, who cheated death when his bungee snapped during a jump hopes to break the Guinness World Record for pulling a van. But first he’s staging a practice session and inviting people to come and cheer him on.

Mike from Swindon, who runs Nickel Design, aims to pull a 1.5 tonne van as far as possible in 24 hours. He wants to beat the current record of thirty-two miles (51.5km). It’s all in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and Mike hopes to raise £12,000. That’s the amount it costs every day to run the lifesaving service.

Bungee-jump Survivor Guinness Record Attempt - Mike Land and Wilts air ambulance team
Bungee-jump Survivor Guinness Record Attempt – Mike Land and Wilts air ambulance team

For my next trick

This is the latest fundraiser by Mike. He raises money for several health-related causes, all inspired by a near-death-experience, when his rope snapped during a bungee jump.

Doctors feared Mike would never make a full recovery. But luckily the medics were wrong. And Mike has spent the thirty years since the accident pushing himself to the limit. He does it with ever-daring feats, including abseiling down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

The date for the official record has yet to be set. But Mike is staging a practice pull on May 9, at Cotswold Airport, near Cirencester, and inviting sponsors and the public to come and cheer him on. They can even have a go themselves.

‘The support has been fabulous, from everyone in my networking circle to Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. They’ve liked and shared my social media, handed out my leaflets and allowed me to share my story and challenge,’ said Mike.

This has taken my initial £1,500 pledge to a whopping £12,000. And with everyone’s help and support, I’m confident that I can reach this target.’

Mike’s world record attempt was at first planned to happen in 2023, at Cotswold Airport.

But the venue didn’t meet Guiness’s strict criteria for ground levels. Now, it’s relocated to RAF Locking, near Weston-Super-Mare. As it happens that’s the last place that Mike’s dad, who was in the RAF, was stationed. The date for the attempt is likely to be in August.

Sponsorship still sought

Mike is still looking for donations and for businesses who’d like to sponsor him and have their logo on the Fiat Doblo. That’s been generously loaned by Scarrotts Van & Minibus Centre, in Royal Wootton Bassett.

‘I couldn’t do any of this without the support and services of:

  • The team
  • Cotswold Airport
  • Scarrotts Van & Minibus Centre
  • Aura Signs
  • Howdens
  • Trakm8
  • Secure Safety Solutions and Bernard Geomatics.’

To sponsor Mike visit https://www.givengain.com/ap/mike-land-raising-funds-for-wiltshire-air-ambulance.

Bungee-jump Survivor Guinness Record Attempt - MIke Land pulling fiat van
Bungee-jump Survivor Guinness Record Attempt – MIke Land pulling Fiat van

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