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Can you break a world record in Christmas tree tossing?

Over 250 people took part in last year's Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship. Picture by Eamon Ward

IF YOU'RE looking for ways to work off your Christmas dinner then why not start 2016 by tossing a tree!?

People from all over Ireland are being urged to try and break a Guinness World Record when the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place in Ennis, Co Clare, on Sunday January 3.

The championship, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and is commonplace across Germany and Austria, saw over 250 people last year throwing a standard 1.5-metre tree.

So far, the Irish record is held by Dubliner Gary O'Growney and Limerick’s John O'Dea who threw their trees a distance of 10.2 metres - just under two metres short of the World Record currently held by Klaus Pubnaz who hurled a tree a distance of 12 metres at an event in Germany five years ago.

This year's winner will receive the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship trophy while proceeds raised by the 5th annual event will go towards the West Clare Mini-Marathon Cancer Centre.

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