The Recorder takes part in former Gladiator star’s charity challenge
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 July 2016
Kneeling at the start line, a rush of adrenaline flows through my veins as I wait to make the 13-metre dash to the finish.
I imagine this is a similar feeling Usain Bolt gets as he readies himself to sprint 100m for Olympic gold.
I am knelt on a sliding board in front of scores of shopping centre customers preparing to have a go at a new sport, which is sweeping across London.
Weininger Resistance Sliding (WRS) is a sport which requires participants to use their own bodyweight to propel them, sliding, across the floor.
On Tuesday, the Recorder joined the fun at The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford while bidding to set the record time and raise money for Havering Mind as the organiser’s have pledged to donate £500 to the winner’s chosen charity.
The unique sport is the brainchild of former ITV Gladiators star Weininger Irwin.
The eureka moment for Weininger came after watching his two-year-old son pull himself across the ground with his arms.
He has likened the sport to swimming and has coined the phrase “not everyone can swim, but everyone can slide” to demonstrate the ease of getting involved.
Sliding can be done in a variety of positions with moves such as a hamstring slide, lat pull or quad push.
I assumed the normal position on my knees and waited for the introductions to finish on the mic.
I was on the inside lane and up against the Recorder’s news editor Emma Lake, Time FM presenter Tom Goldsmith and a man in a massive heart outfit on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.
After recording a time of 6.8 seconds on my first outing, confidence was high as I sat at the top of the leaderboard.
But my time on top was short-lived after I went careering out my lane on the second run with Superman setting the pace.
Emma added: “Resistance sliding was more exhausting than I expected, but great fun.
“Hurtling towards a giant red buzzer is definitely a great way to keep kids active this summer.
“Obviously we’re gutted not to have one Mind £500, but at least we beat the Time FM team.”
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