A HELENSBURGH personal trainer “will bounce back” after injury brought his world record attempt for the most amount of pull-ups completed in 24 hours to an untimely end.

Joe McCready, 23, who is a manager at The Journey on West Clyde Street, made a bid to smash the target of 7,600 that had been set by American John Orth in 2016, but a shoulder injury brought his effort to an end during the early hours of last Sunday.

Despite not breaking the record on this occasion, Joe admits he will be back for another attempt after he has had time to rest and recuperate and Journey owner Steve Losh believes that the former Royal Marine should still be proud of what he has achieved.

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Speaking live on the gym’s Facebook page, Steve said: “It was going extremely well and I felt really sorry for him.

“I could see the pain he was in. He’s been having some niggles with his left shoulder in training over the last months.

“He’s beating himself up about it but we have to congratulate Joe for the fantastic effort he put in over the last four months preparing himself and getting himself ready.

“He’ll bounce back from this. With everything in life you need to go through the dark times, the hard times, the sad times, to conquer and Joe will conquer eventually.

“It was a massive effort; he is such a trooper and he will bounce back once he picks himself up.

“He needs to brush himself down now and he needs to get back on the horse, which he will do pretty soon.

“We’re sorry Joe didn’t manage to stay the full 24 hours but we can’t help the fact that he picked up an injury.”

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There are still positives to take away from the attempt as more than £2,000 was raised for local mental health hub Jean’s Bothy.

Steve added: “Mental health is really close to all of our hearts at The Journey as we try and support everybody moving forward.

“All of that money we raised will go direct to Jean's Bothy to support mental health in the Helensburgh and surrounding community.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you from everyone at The Journey to everyone who donated to support Joe.”

Katrina Sayer, development manager at Jean’s Bothy, said: “Our members are extremely thankful to Joe for raising over £2,000.

“Raising awareness around mental health and wellbeing is so important and Joe has supported us now to do even more with the funds raised.

“As a member-led service it’s important we involve all the members when looking at what we use this funding for, but it will absolutely go towards improving local people’s mental health and wellbeing.”

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