What’s Happening in Bedford: World Records Edition

A new year has arrived on our calendars and many folks may have set big intentions for the year ahead. Just how big are your goals? 

We were looking to see if any World Records have been set in our town. The Bedford Flag could have been our town’s way in, but according to guinnessworldrecords.com, Bedford, MA, USA doesn’t currently hold any World Records.

However, our counterparts around the world do! So as part of our just for fun “What’s Happening in Bedford” series, here is a selection of Guiness Book of World Record titles from other Bedfords around the world. 

  • Paul Underwood (Bedford, UK) holds the record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a monarch. Paul ran the 13+ mile race in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 2 seconds, dressed in full Henry VIII costume, in 2020.
  • Peter Thompson, from Bedford, UK, holds some jump roping records, including the most rope crossovers (crisscross) while skipping in one minute (129 in 2020) and the most consecutive double under crossovers (crisscross) while skipping (362 in 2022).
  • Bedford, UK is also home to another specialized record holder. Alex Goulding is a pushup expert, holding the male 16+ records in push ups in one minute (180), side jump push ups in one minute (61), side jump push ups with claps in one minute (54), and the fastest time to climb 10 levels by plyometric push ups.
  • Stylists from the Hayward Lane Salon in Bedford, UK curled the most people’s hair in one hour (121 people) in 2016.
Zeus, the tallest living male dog, is a Great Dane from Bedford, Texas.
Image Credit (and more on Zeus) here: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2022/5/can-i-ride-him-zeus-the-great-dane-confirmed-as-worlds-tallest-dog
  • In 2013, the most high fives in a minute in a wind tunnel by a team of three was set in Bedford, UK by Tom Worboys, Ged Parker and Paul Mager (193 high fives). Way to go!
  • Bedford, Texas, is home to the tallest living male dog. Zeus is a three-year-old Great Dane who is just shy of 3 1/2 feet tall (measured from foot to withers – which is the crest of the shoulder blade).
  • And not far from here, the record for Most Expensive Breast Enhancers Sold at Auction was set in 2020 in Bedford, NH when a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s bra pads sold for $5,000.

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