Paul set for a smashing time in world record bid

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MARTIAL arts trainer Paul Saunders will have a smashing time tomorrow (Saturday) when he attempts a new world record breaking 1,000 tiles in under a minute.

The 47-year-old from Edmond Road in St Leonards will try and smash the tiles with just his bare hands in less than 50 seconds.

The current record is held by Chris Pitman, a Taekwondo expert from Croydon.

Paul previously held the record in 1987 aged just 20. He clocked 84 seconds but that was broken a few months later.

He will attempt the feat at Summerfields Leisure Centre at 11am. Now in the “best shape of his life” Paul decided to give it another go.

“I feel fitter than when I was 25,” said Paul. “It’s a big challenge but I am confident I can do it. I’ve been practicing with piles of a dozen tiles and timing the distance.

“It’s all about speed of the hand. The right force in the right place will crack the tiles. It’s the ratio of the two and I’m sure I can do it. It will be great to have a good crowd there to cheer me on and it’s all for a good cause.”

Local builders’ merchant, Jewson, is supplying all the tiles. Paul will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation and is asking people to sponsor him at £2 per tile. There will be a family fun event at the leisure centre from 10.30am until 2.30pm. Entry is just £1 and all proceeds will be donated BHF. Activities will include family swimming, Aqua Fit, ‘splashdance’ and zorbing in the pool. There will also be a whole range of fitness activities taking place including group exercise classes such as Zumba, Step, yoga, circuits and Boxercise, as well as virtual and instructor-led indoor cycling sessions.