Mobility scooter ride challenge

A former soldier has been pushed on to break a Guinness World Record in part through the activities of a mischievous badger.

Injured former corporal Mark Newton travelled for 24 hours straight on his mobility scooter, in an attempt to break the world record for the longest distance travelled on the device. He claims to have been successful - despite encountering a thieving badger.

Mr Newton, of Loughor near Swansea, rode around Pembrey Country Park through the night, in a trip he says totalled 182 miles.

But while stopping to change the batteries, without the need for anybreakdown cover in this instance - a grizzly creature pounced.

"While I was resting a badger snuck up and tried to steal the Welsh cakes I had been eating from my lap," he said. "It certainly gave me the shock I needed to keep going for the remainder of the ride."

Mr Newton, 44, who served with The Queen's Dragoon Guards as a tank crewman, claims to have smashed the previous record of 154 miles. He began his challenge at noon on Saturday, travelling round the park's three kilometre circuit through the night before finishing at noon on Sunday.

The attempt has yet to be verified by Guinness World Records.

Mr Newton took part in the record attempt to raise money for the military charity SSAFA Forces Help - as it provided him with the scooter after he became injured.

"It was a very tiring 24 hours," he said.

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