Hop star! Phoebe bounces her way 
into record books

Phoebe Asquith set a record for the longest distance bounced on a Space Hopper in 24 hours.Picture Richard Ponter 131729

Phoebe Asquith set a record for the longest distance bounced on a Space Hopper in 24 hours.Picture Richard Ponter 131729

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A Scarborough woman bounced her way along the seafront and into the record books, raising hundreds of pounds for charity in honour of her paratrooper boyfriend.

Phoebe Asquith, 24, of Stepney Road, set off from North Bay on the scorching Bank Holiday Monday and jumped 4.1 miles on a Space Hopper as crowds of amused tourists cheered her on.

The accountant’s daughter completed the challenge in four-and-a-half hours, setting a new world record for the longest distance travelled on a Space Hopper in 24 hours by breaking the previous record of four miles.

She said: “It was really hard. It was really hot and really busy but I got a lot of support all the way round which was nice. I got a few funny looks but it made everyone smile.”

Phoebe, who works as a teaching assistant at Scarborough Sixth Form College, took on the bizarre record attempt to raise cash for the Parachute Regiment Charity and Combat Stress charity for her boyfriend, Lewis Merron. The 22-year-old Lance Corporal is currently serving in Afghanistan. He is nearing the end of his third tour in the war zone, having previously served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Phoebe said: “I think the charities are really important because they support the families as well, so if something were to happen to Lewis or anyone they would be a really important source of help. It has really hit home for me since Lewis has been away.”

The couple, who met through friends, are set for a joyful reunion after six months apart. Lewis returns home in a month – when his older brother Ryan, 27, also a soldier, flies out to take his place on the front line.

Phoebe said: “He says he is really proud and thinks it’s funny. That’s why I did it – because it was a good laugh but also really hard. My legs will be aching for the next week.”

The money, which currently stands at more than £500, will benefit ex-Paras and their families, including the wounded and victims of post traumatic stress.