Gallery: World’s biggest piggy back race in tribute to Joey

NEARLY 300 fundraising enthusiasts have attempted to break the record for the world’s largest piggyback race, held in honour of an Essex man who died in a mountaineering accident.

The bid for the world record saw 298 people taking part in the 100m course in Lower Castle Park, Colchester, yesterday.

Joey Pancaldi, who grew up in the Colchester area, died in 2008 in a tragic mountaineering accident. In his honour, his family set up the History Maker Foundation – a charity aiming to help others follow their ambitions.

Penny Pancaldi, Joey’s mother, told the EADT she was delighted by the amount of people who took part in the world record attempt.

“In order to break the record we needed 125 pairs to complete the race,” she said. “We had 298 people (149 pairs) at the start of the race, but 296 finishers because my two daughters where casualties and tripped over during the course.

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“We are all so pleased– it was such a great day, with clear blue skies. Joey would have loved it, especially his sisters falling over.”

Tom Neill, 16, and 11-year-old Joshua Byamungi, were the fastest entrants, completing the race in 19.8 seconds.

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Penny, who is also one of the charity’s founders, said: “This event was just the sort of thing that Joey would have loved, having fun outdoors, but doing something that helps others at the same time.

“Joey grew up in the Colchester area and was well loved and know for his outdoor adventures and care for young people.

“Joey died in a mountaineering accident in 2008, his legacy and love of life continues to be expressed through the History Maker Foundation.”

The family now have to wait to have the record officially confirmed by Guinness World Record officials.

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