Broken glass challenge for Leeds fundraiser

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Not content with three world records, one Leeds resident is going about literally smashing another.

Nigel Jardine, who lives in Horsforth, has set his sights on walking the distance of a marathon in bare feet 
over broken glass in an impressive show of mind over matter.

The 60-year-old is hoping to complete 4,200 circuits of a 10m octagonal path full of shards of glass in an empty shop unit in New Road Side, Horsforth, from tonight (Dec 10) at 8pm.

With only a five minute comfort break every hour, 
Nigel aims to walk the distance in view of passers-by in around 43 hours to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s work helping those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

He told the YEP: “The whole thing about walking on glass is a metaphor of being careful in a painful situation but, actually, can we break through our limiting beliefs?

“It’s going from one extreme of being scared to going through barriers.”

He said he currently holds glass walking world records including completing the first 30km distance walk and the first kilometere completed in one hour.

Nigel’s journey to motivational speaking and glass walking began with a troubled early life.

In adult life he has spent time doing everything from acting as a roadie to training to be a cyclist and working as a property developer but he had a breakthrough over two decades ago when he took part in a personal development course called the ISA Experience.

After taking further courses in coaching, counselling and training he worked through his own demons and began life coaching - taking up glass walking to illustrate the power of his work in 2009.

Explaining that walking on glass is part mind over matter and part technique, Nigel said he has been preparing for the daring feat through two months of running seven miles a day, cycling and sleep deprivation practice.

“We weren’t going to do this until February or March but when I heard about the disaster I just felt affected by it,” he said.

“I would love to raise £1,000. It’s not much but we have only literally been going two or three weeks.”

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