Two students from Greater Manchester have embraced their way into the record books.
Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem achieved the record by hugging each other for 24 hours and 17 minutes (The previous record was 24 hours, 1 minute).
The Salford University students were raising money for the new Christie cancer unit in Oldham.
The duo were monitored throughout the record attempt and had to remain awake at all times to achieve the official world’s longest hug.
Mr Mohyud-Din, who is also aiming to compete in the 2012 Olympics as a sprinter, said:
“This was certainly a marathon rather than a sprint.
“I needed all my reserves of stamina to get through it, but I’m over the moon to have broken the record – hopefully the first of many.”
Alicia Custis, head of communications at The Christie, added:
“Massive congratulations to Faisal and Azeem for the world record – they’ve done fantastically well and fought against sleep deprivation and muscle fatigue.
“I know it was incredibly hard work and I’m hugely grateful to them for doing this for the Christie. This is a hug for all our cancer patients.”
The pair finally completed the record during Oldham Athletic’s game against Leyton Orient at Boundary Park on Tuesday night.
All money raised will be going to the new £17m radiotherapy centre at the Christie Cancer Hospital in Oldham, which will be opening later this week.
A big pat on the back to Faisal and Mohammed from us all at the Dust!