Birthdays seem to get less exciting as we age. With each passing year, what was once a fun celebration slowly becomes routine. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could recapture the excitement for our birthdays that we all had when we were young? Well one British man is determined to do just that, making his birthdays as exciting as possible by breaking Guinness World Records – at 106-years-old!
Jack Reynolds, a great-great-grandfather from Hollingwood, England, recently turned 106-years-old and celebrated by becoming the world’s oldest person to ride a zip line. The daring gentleman, who usually uses a wheelchair, rode a 196-foot-high zip line in Grizedale Forest in the U.K. The line is 1,312 feet in length and riders travel as fast as 65 kilometres per hour!
106-year-old birthday boy Jack Reynolds has broken the @GWR for oldest person to use a zipwire!! He is now a TRIPLE world record breaking champion!! Congratulations, Jack… and happy birthday!! pic.twitter.com/bJG0OMO7oi
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 6, 2018
This is Reynolds’ third world recording breaking birthday in a row. Last year he became the oldest person to ride a roller coaster and the year before became the older person to receive their first tattoo.
The inspiration doesn’t stop there! In addition to completing world records, he uses the attention he gets to raise money for charitable causes.
“He just decided to use his old age to make money for charity, that’s his main motive but in the meantime, he is getting a lot of fun out of it,” his daughter, Jayne, told Metro.
“It has become somewhat of a tradition that on my birthday I use my new age to help raise money for worthy charities,” says Reynolds on his JustGiving page. This year his charity of choice is the Stroke Association.
What’s his secret to making it to 106? Apparently a daily diet involving a shot of whiskey.
“He has a whisky in his tea every morning and two shots of Grouse in a glass with lemonade at night and swears by it,” says his daughter.
We can’t wait to see what Jack has in store for his 107th birthday!