A Darwen firefighter who is undertaking a 24-hour deadlifting challenge to raise money for The Fire Fighters charity says he is 'feeling good' part way through his world record attempt.

Glen Bailey is attempting to lift a total of 600,000kg across a 24-hour period in his bid to beat the previous record 580,220kg.

The firefighter, who works for Mitie Emergency Response Service and is an on-call firefighter at Darwen Fire Station, was just over three hours into the feat when The Lancashire Telegraph went to check on his progress.

He said: "I feel good. There was a point where I started to feel a little bit negative but I've come back around again now and I'm feeling alright.

"I think the cold got to me so I changed my attire a little bit and I feel good now.

"You go through stages and it's more of a mental thing. You get a niggly pain and I think your brain exaggerates it and makes it worse."

Lancashire Telegraph: Glen in actionGlen in action (Image: NQ)

Glen is raising money for two causes - The Fire Fighters Charity and for his friend and former colleague Clint Grieves, who became paralysed after an accident at home.

He said: "I've seen first-hand the work the charity does, not for myself but for my friends and colleagues. They help firefighters past and present and their families as well. They're a fantastic charity.

"He [Clint] had a life-changing accident, he fell down the stairs at home and broke his neck, so it's to help with his rehab. Because of Covid, a lot of his rehab got shut down and it hampered his recovery."

Lancashire Telegraph: Food donations and collection bucketsFood donations and collection buckets (Image: NQ)

Glen will be deadlifting until 10am tomorrow morning (Monday, January 8) having only had short breaks every hour to take in food and water.

He added: "I'll be there at the end. Whether I'll get the record or not I don't know but I'll be there at the whistle at the end, which is the main thing. To finish first, first you've got to finish."

Glen is performing the world record attempt at SAS Gym in Leyland, which is open to the public to go and watch and support.