• The Virgin Media Speed Demons, a group of skateboarders from the UK and Europe, have set a new Guinness World Records title for the Fastest standing skateboard speed downhill (team), achieving a speed of 52.788mph
  • The speedsters broke the record – currently set at 49.7mph – in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, with the team having to endure challenging bends, slopes and weather conditions during the record attempt
  • Watch the amazing video of their record-breaking endeavours HERE

A team of British and European thrill-seeking skateboarders have broken the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest standing skateboard speed downhill (team) in the Yorkshire countryside, with the team achieving a speed of 52.788mph.

The ‘Virgin Media Speed Demons’, led by Peter Dashwood-Connolly, who already holds the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest Skateboard Speed Downhill (standing), orchestrated the team through weeks of intensive training in North Yorkshire ahead of the official record attempt.

Using the looping and curved slopes of the forest to their advantage to build up speed and momentum, the team of four had to remain connected to one other to achieve the record, registering a top speed of 52.788mph – the previous record stood at 49.7mph.

The team was made up of talented skateboarders from the UK and Europe including Peter Dashwood-Connolly (Hemel Hempstead, UK), Jennifer Alina Schauerte (Austria), Aaron Skippings (Gloucestershire, UK), Jonathan Braund (Bournemouth, UK), Alex Ireton (London, UK) and Gael Desfontaines (Canvey Island, UK) – all of whom have competed in various downhill skating championships throughout their career.

Simon Groves, Executive Director of Brand and Marketing at Virgin Media O2, said: “We’re so proud of the Virgin Media Speed Demons’ achievement and they’re now officially record breakers. It was such an incredible feat and so awe-inspiring to watch in full-flow as they clocked such high-speeds. It just goes to show what can be achieved through teamwork and illustrates how we’re all better connected.”

Peter Dashwood-Connolly, multiple Guinness World Records title holder, said “I’ve wanted to set this record for a long time and the Virgin Media Speed Demons have trained so hard to make this happen. It feels great to go down in history as a multiple Guinness World Records title holder and we would like to thank Virgin Media for giving us this opportunity and the tools to help us become record breakers”

The Guinness World Records title was achieved in association with Virgin Media’s ‘We’re better, connected’ campaign that celebrates the power of connectivity in bringing people together.

‘Skater Girl’, Virgin Media’s TV advert, sees a young female skateboarder take inspiration from online videos and connects with her peers both online and in real life to spur her on to successfully perform a trick.

Virgin Media’s hyperfast network, with gigabit speeds now available to more than 15.5 million homes across the UK, gives households the power to stream in Ultra HD, game, host video calls, and surf the internet at high speed.

For more information on Virgin Media’s broadband deals, visit > https://www.virginmedia.com/broadband

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