British slackline walker champion Jacob Hirsch-Holland from Shaw completed a marathon slackline walk on Saturday 3 November.
Jacob, who is known in Swindon as Jake the Juggler, set himself the target of walking 5 kilometres on a two inch wide 50 metre line, hung two metres off the ground, between two trees in Town Gardens in Old Town.
Jake walked 6 to 8 fifty metre stages at a time before taking rests. After 8 hours he was exhausted from concentrating on keeping his balance. He said: "Because it is not tight between the trees, the line is moving around all the time as you go down into the dip or up the slope at the other end. My shoulder and hips were really sore, and my legs are like jelly – but I got the job done."
Jake is raising over £3,000 to fund a three month trip to Nicaragua in January where he and seven other performers will teach circus skills and organise shows with vulnerable children on a project run by www.performerswithoutborders.org.uk
Pictured: Jake, in red, with from left, Eileen Mochan, his former Spanish teacher at Greendown School, Patricio Marin, artist from Ocotal, Swindon’s twin town in Nicaragua, and Swindon Ocotal Link chair Bruce Clarke
Below, Jake practicising for his fundraiser
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