Part 4. Scooterthon
The Guinness Book of Records: Scooter riding –
The greatest distance covered by a team of 25 in 24 hours is 304.8 miles (490.5km) by the Peakhurst Lugarno Catholic Youth Organisation, Lugarno Australia on 27-28 Jan 1973.
Our parish is responsible for an official world record, recognised by The Guinness Book of Records.
When Fr Maurice McNamara became temporary administrator of the parish, he realised that it needed some awakening. With his incredible exuberance Fr McNamara instigated social events to encourage the parishioners to mix.
One of the more amazing of those events was the Scooterthon – an attempt to break a world record for pushing a non-motorised scooter.
A group of around 100 people went to Robertson in the Southern Highlands. The Guinness Book of Records publishers had provided the rules and requirements for the record to be officially recognised.
The group began at 9am on Saturday, riding in groups of six for 24 hours. The event went right through the night despite rain falling. The record stood for two years.
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