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Python’s Michael Palin and Terry Jones are looking for people to hop with them!

HopathonTo make the DVD release of ‘Ripping Yarns – The Complete Series’ they are looking to get members on board to set  Guinness World Records ™ for the largest group 400 metre hop as well as a 400 metre relay hop.

This free event will take place at the Grade 1-listed Hampstead Heath Athletics track on Saturday 3 March 2012. 

Both Michael Palin and Terry Jones will be attending and presenting prizes to the overall winners - £500 to the charities of their choice*.

People can apply to participate by visiting

THE RIPPING YARNS HOPATHON is inspired by the 30-Mile Hop at Graybridge School, motto: "Only in true misery can you find true contentment" which featured in the first ever episode of the cult comedy series ‘Tomkinson's School Days’.  

Thankfully Messieurs Palin and Jones have rejected the idea of pitting members of the public in the much -featured grizzly bear fight (still compulsory for some boys at Graybridge), or a St Tagder's Day ceremony (where students are nailed to the school walls).However, selected participants will be provided with Team Graybridge and Team St Anthony's t-shirts plus a commemorative certificate for their commendable sporting efforts.

To break The Guinness World Records™ as listed above, Network DVD requires at least 250 people to participate in the largest group hop and also needs to set a time of 7 minutes to achieve the fastest 400 metre hop on one leg.  

Participants must be over 18 years of age and in sound physical health. Full details about registration are available at by 'LIKING' the hop or accessing the facebook tab for existing people who 'like' Network DVD.

*Separate £500 prizes for fastest 400-metre hop on 1 leg and 400 metre relay hop. Hop relay team must decide on their nominated charity as a group

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