STUDENTS at the University of Limerick are anxiously waiting for confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records to learn if they have literally leapt into the history books.
The students are confident, however, that they have broken the trampolining record for the most somersaults in one day.
As Limerick is the European City of Sport 2011, the UL club decided it was time to set a new world record for charity.
After months of preparation, the students, together with other trampoline gymnasts from other universities in Ireland and Scotland, set their sporting rivalries aside for this challenge.
A staggering 75,312 somersaults were completed in just 24 hours after working round the clock to beat the record.
The last record was 70,000 somersaults with 24 hours, and only 20 people were allowed to attempt the new target, according to the regulations.
David Ryan, secretary of the UL trampoline club, said the team were exhausted after completing the event in the Delta Soccer Dome on the Ballysimon Road a fortnight ago.
“Throughout the night the team overcame difficulties including losing two bouncers [somersaulters] to injury, exhaustion and nausea,” he said.
“However, inspired by their progress they battled on through the night remembering all the time that with each somersault they got closer to the record.
“With around an hour or two to go it became apparent that the record was going to be broken and in the end it was beaten by over 5,000 somersaults, the final count being 75,312,” said a delighted Mr Ryan.
Organiser and UL trampolining captain, Ciaran McInerney, explained how they aimed to beat the world record with a total of eight people on two trampolines at one time. The gymnasts were allowed over an hour for rest after an hour on the trampoline. Donations can be made online at www.24hourbounce.com.