Flippin’ tractor tyres for a new world record and good cause

2014-03-24 00:00

AFTER three kilometres he had blisters on his hands, and after another five kilometres he snorted like a horse.

Despite this, Chris Batts (57), an amateur tyre flipper, has succeeded to set a new world record.

Batts, a strong man from Pretoria, caused big excitement on Human Rights Day when he walked 10 km in Lynnwood Road and flipped a tractor tyre weighing 103 kg. He and his team-mate, Chris Liebenberg, started flipping the tyre at 7 am.

Well known personalities such as actor Ben Kruger and socialite Loui Fish accompanied Batts all the way to encourage him. The event almost caused accident along the way as motorists stopped to stare at the strongman.

Batt, who boasts of six world records in tyre flipping, attempted the new one in conjunction with Toys for Africa.

Toys for Africa is a non-profit organisation that provides toys and stationary to under-privileged children.

“We have collected about R50 000,” said Toys for Africa chairperson Danie van Loggerenberg.

Batts and Liebenberg rested each five minutes but at noon Bats’ hands had already been blistered and his strong man courage almost down and out.

“I was sure I am going to set a new record. I am only an amateur strongman, and there are guys who flip 450 kg tyres but not over such a long distance,” he said while gasping to breathe.

Liebenberg has practiced for six weeks to keep up with Batts.

Batts says tyre-flipping keeps him fit. “But it is very busy to continue. I have never walked this far while flipping tyres.”

The old world record was ten hours and Batts wanted to do it under nine hours. They reached the end line just after 5 pm completing the distance in 8 hours and 52 minutes.

Batts, who walks while tyre flipping every two weeks on behalf of charity, says he will now take a break before attempting a tractor tyre again.

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