Daredevil Breaks 2 World Records After Running Nearly 700 Feet... While on Fire
A British man not only ran nearly 700-feet while on fire, but broke two world records while doing so.
Daredevil Antony Britton of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, took off running after his entire body had been set alight, all in the name of charity.
He nabbed the title of “fastest 100 meter sprint (full-body burn, without oxygen)” after completing the run in just 24.58 seconds and continued to become the record holder for “longest distance run (full-body burn, without oxygen)” after running a total of 205.23 meters before the flames were extinguished by a stunt team accompanying him.
"When the pain starts, you just have to push through it and not allow yourself to focus on that as that would stop you, you just have to keep going and push yourself,” he said.
Britton, who has been performing dangerous stunts since he was a young boy, said he was originally inspired to try such a fiery undertaking after he was asked to do a charity run for Candlelighters, a children’s cancer support group.
He suggested that he take the run to the next level by doing it while on fire.
"Their response to the whole run was, ‘Are you kidding us?’” he said. “This kind of run was a first for them, which kind of made the whole run even more special."
Britton, who has been performing as a stuntman for 20 years, specializes in escapology.
He began picking locks as a boy and broke out of a coal shed when he was 9 years old.
He then graduated to jumping off bridges while in chains, being suspended by his ankles from a burning rope while wearing a straitjacket and even being buried alive.