Outside Edge: High flier bursting with pride

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Hearty congratulations to David Walliams, who completed a 140-mile swim up the River Thames over eight days, raising more than a million pounds for the charity Sport Relief.

The comedian is said to have completed 107,062 strokes on his way from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to Westminster Abbey in London, burning up 8,000 calories a day and finding time to rescue a labrador that fell in at Cookham Lock. Thames Water revealed they had released 500,000 cubic litres of sewage into the water during the week. Here's an epic journey which did not receive as much coverage: Jonathan Trappe became the first person to cross the Alps suspended from helium balloons. The 38-year-old pilot from North Carolina, who last year floated across the Channel, drifted for almost 12 hours from Gap in France to Andezeno in Italy, covering 94 miles while he was hanging from 54 balloons. But his claim to fame is basically a lot of hot air.


Number of people who stooped to form the world's biggest ever scrum, at Leamington Rugby Club in Warwickshire. It comprised 200 adults and 161 children, with 25 across the front row. The previous record was set in New Zealand but featured a mere 68 people. That would have been a pushover.

Scooby runs away with the prize

Forget about all those Scooby snacks and enormous sandwiches. The cartoon Scooby-Doo has been voted Britain's healthiest children's TV programme by the Department of Health, with the Great Dane himself, Daphne Blake, Shaggy and Freddie Jones picking up four of the top five individual awards. The gang beat off competition from the likes of Wile E Coyote and Tom and Jerry because they spend so much time running away from ghosts. Shaun the Sheep came second with Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder in hot pursuit. Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev is taking on monsters too. The seven-foot heavyweight, known as "the Beast from the East", is going to Siberia to hunt for Yeti. The abominable snowmen have been spotted in the Kemerovo region and he is keen to "talk to the Yeti about life". Let's hope he doesn't get the cold shoulder.

Good week

Oliver Golding, 17, from Richmond in London, won the US Open boys' title – the first Briton to do so since Andy Murray in 2004 – but he was presented with the girls' trophy.

Carolyn Still became the youngest chief executive of a Football League club aged 29 when she was appointed by Blue Square Bet Premier club Mansfield Town.

Paul McGrath, former Aston Villa and Manchester United centre-back, has launched his singing career with the album Handle With Care.

Bad week

Nile Ranger, the Newcastle United striker, had his personalised, £120,000 "Ranger Rover" car stolen while he was being breathalysed at 4.53am on Sunday morning.

EastEnders, whose bosses at the BBC have declined an invitation to use the Olympic Village as a new studio after London 2012 because of poor sound quality on the set.

The British Sugarcraft Guild, whose London 2012-themed cake decorating competition in Telford, Shropshire next May has been cancelled after the International Olympic committee objected to the use of official Olympic symbols.

Time to marry in haste, repent at leisure

The publication of the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is an exciting time for Edge. This year we discover that Rev Darrell Best of Illinois holds the record for the fastest wedding chapel after he turned his 1940s fire engine into a church on wheels. The vehicle allows couples to marry on the road and can reach speeds of 62mph. Special mention also goes to Uchida Geinousha's Super Wan Wan Circus based in Tsukuba City, Japan, which can boast the spectacle of 13 dogs skipping simultaneously over a rope. In London, next year's Olympic Games are all set to showcase extreme skipping before and after the basketball contests, complete with synchronised backflips, somersaults and cartwheels. Meanwhile at Alton Towers the lastest craze is extreme apple-bobbing, in which you try to sink your teeth into the fruit while ducking your head in a shark tank. Their blacktip reef sharks are described as "shy". But that's just on the surface.