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Snowboarder's 'rail ride' world record-breaker

A sports student from England has “rail ridden” his way into the Guinness Book of World Records. Calum Paton, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, snowboarded along a rail to hit 78 metres. The Record rail ride took place at Sno!Zone – Milton Keynes' Indoor Slope – where some 60 snowboarders were attempting to beat the previous record of 67.9 metres. Following th monster rail ride 16-year-old Calum said: "I couldn't believe it when I went past the mark. We had been trying for four or five hours and I was one of the last to go at about 11.45pm. "I got past the 40 metre mark and you kind of know it's going well, then it is just about keeping it together." Calum took home a framed certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records and £1,000 in prize money. He plans to spend the cash on a snowboarding holiday. Calum gave a bit of insight into the technique of a rail rider. He said: "To rail ride you need to have really good balance and you have to practice at it a lot. But I'd never attempted it on this scale, so to get the record was pretty special."