A BARRHEAD fitness fanatic has smashed yet another world record to raise cash for a cause close to his heart.

Prolific world record setter William Cannon got on the saddle of his exercise bike last week and pedalled for 35 hours in five days with a 25lb rucksack on his back.

The super-fit 52-year-old said he “felt great” after completing the gruelling challenge on Sunday.

Despite having completed the task while weighed down by his heavy rucksack, William even had enough energy to make a visit to the gym the next day.

“My legs aren’t too sore,” William told the Barrhead News. “I’ve done this kind of thing before, so I’m used to it now.

“I actually pulled a calf muscle on the first day so, in that respect, it wasn’t easy.

“I’ve had an amazing amount of support, both in cash donations and verbally. We had people from all walks of life making donations.”

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Laundry worker William was raising money for DEBRA, which supports people affected by the skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

The cause is especially important to William after his father David survived his own battle with skin cancer.

“My father suffered with the skin disorder melanoma and he only just recently got the all-clear after five years,” said William. “During that period, I began to learn how DEBRA help guys like my dad.”

Parked outside the DEBRA charity shop at the Westbourne Shopping Centre in Barrhead, William was able to attract plenty of donations from passers-by as he pedalled away on his static bike.

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Through donation buckets alone, he raised an impressive £352 and has now launched an online fundraising campaign which he hopes will add to that total.

Incredibly, this was William’s 612th world record, having spent the last 15 years smashing all kinds of fitness, strength and endurance challenges, including the world record for the longest static wall sit of 12 hours and two minutes.

William’s fundraising efforts have been so well received by the charity that he already has his sights set on his next world record of cycling on a stationary bike for 12 days.

Not only that but William is also busy preparing to compete at the 2020 World Medical and Health Games, which take place in Portugal next June.