A FORMER South Tyneside record-breaker has been told to pull up his pants before he can officially reclaim a world title.
Gary Craig, aka Geordie Pantsman, thought he had notched up another Guinness World Record after he pulled on 302 pairs of underpants.
The 53-year-old completed the task at the finishing line of last September’s Bupa Great North Run in South Shields.
But now Mr Craig, from Whitburn, has been informed by officials that they weren’t satisfied with his efforts – and so the title is still held by American Janine Keblish, who managed to pull on 252 pairs of pants last year.
The architect, who originally took the record in 2010 with 211 pairs, said: “As soon as I received the e-mail, I knew something was up as there was no attachment, which would have been my certificate to print had I been a new record-breaker.
“They said that I should have pulled all the pants up to my waist, which was a new rule of their own, because that certainly hadn’t been in place before.
“With the volume of pants I put on, it’s impossible for the ones at the end to be right up to my waist, they’re so thick, I’m too wide and I have to bend over to pull them on myself.
“Looking at videos of other entrants, I am not entirely convinced that they’re not using big women’s knickers, which are a lot thinner and easier to pull on.”
Mr Craig has had a run of bad luck in recent weeks, after his mum died from a cardiac arrest on Christmas Day.
He was also due to go on four television shows, including Russell Howard’s Good News, a new children’s show on BBC1 and a Japanese channel.
However, they all fell through at the last moment.
Mr Craig said: “I think it was just the way my luck was going at that moment, it was a very hectic and strange time.
“I was obviously disappointed with being let down not once, but four times.”
But his efforts have been recognised in this year’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual.
He said: “They weren’t bothered where the pants came up too.
“They were just satisfied I had them on my body.
“I don’t know at the moment whether I will try again.
“It was only ever meant to be for fun, but I do think I will try something different.”
A crestfallen Mr Craig added: “It’s very cut-throat, this knickers business.”