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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 October, 2004, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Blind men break water-ski record
Mark Threadgold and Gerald Price
The pair said they were very pleased with their achievement
Two blind men have set water-skiing world records on Windermere.

Gerald Price, 71, water-skied behind a speedboat which was driven by Mark Threadgold, 36, in the Lake District on Thursday for the feat.

Mr Price set a record for blind water-skiing by travelling at 46.2mph and they were the first blind team to take a boat and water-ski to that speed.

Last year, Mr Threadgold set a blind water speed record by driving a motorboat at 99.1mph.

Mr Threadgold said: "It all went perfectly. The conditions were ideal. The lake was perfectly calm and Gerald was brilliant.

"He got straight up on the skis, broke the record and went straight down again.

Mark Threadgold and Gerald Price on Windermere
A 10mph speed limit is due to be brought in next year

"It's amazing enough that a man aged 71 is water-skiing, never mind the fact he is blind as well."

Mr Price said: "I'm aching a bit but I'm very contented too.

"There are not many sports that a man of my age with my disability can take part in, but this is one.

"The ski handle is like having a guide dog in my hands. I just go where it leads me."

New regulations which will mean a 10mph speed limit on the lake are due to be introduced in March next year with the Lake District National Park Authority saying it will restore the lake's tranquillity.

But Mr Price said: "The new rules are an absolute disgrace. It means we can never again take part in a record attempt like this."

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