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The attempt to set a world keepy-uppy record

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A footballer freestyler is bidding to set a world endurance record.

John Farnworth, from Preston, is aiming to cross the world's largest frozen lake in Siberia while keeping a ball up in the air.

If successful he'll perform half a million touches over the equivalent of two back-to-back marathons.

He'll camp overnight on the lake where temperatures often drop to below minus 20c.

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John has already set eight world records, his latest during a similar attempt in the Sahara Desert last year.

He told ITV News: "This is going to be my toughest challenge yet. Battling sub-zero temperatures and freestyling on ice will be an experience like no other."

John will attempt the record next month to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

"It will be a gruelling test of endurance and stamina, but the fact that I am doing this for such a great cause will give me the motivation to make it across the ice."

– John Farnworth

You can donate to John's fundraising effort here.

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