VIDEO: James grapples with world record bid in nan’s memory

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A Leighton gym owner is full of fighting talk as he gets set for a world record attempt in memory of his nan.

James Pullan, who runs Elite Training Centre, in North Street, has organised a 35-hour non-stop Brazilian Ju Jitsu marathon in the hope of raising £2,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The 24-year-old’s nan, Marjorie Batchelor, died of the disease in June and now James and his fellow fighters at the gym have set themselves a huge challenge as a tribute to her. It takes place on Saturday, November 23 at 9am and will finish at 8pm the following day.

Former Cedars student James, of Woodside Way, Linslade, said: “If it wasn’t for nan and my mum and dad the gym might have shut a long time ago. I am eternally grateful for their support.

“I saw a donation pot in the care home nan was in and thought it was pretty empty and decided I’d try to do something to help. I have also known people who have fought cancer and won.”

He added: “When I asked the lads at the gym about the challenge, I don’t think I’ve ever got a ‘yes’ quicker!”

With the current world record set last year at 30 hours, James said one of the coaches at the gym had egged him on to smash the world record.

He said: “To go 35 hours is a hell of a lot of time, but we will be all right we have trained hard enough. We’ll all do it for the first two hours and then start a rotation. We need a minimum of four people sparring at all times. I’d like to try to do most of it and I might get the coach who suggested we go for the world record to do a few extra rounds!”

> If you want to back James then pop along during the event or donate via www.justgiving.com/Elite-Training-Centre