Essex club looking to break World Record

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Old Southendian Hockey Club and local business Olympus KeyMed are joining forces to attempt a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous game of hockey this weekend.  

 

They begin playing from the afternoon of Friday 27th May through two grueling days and nights to Sunday evening made up of two mixed squads of 16 players. They will attempt to play non-stop, aiming to raise over £10,000 for Age UK Essex.  The current official record stands at 51 hours, set by a USA side earlier this year, so it will be no easy task for the players to stretch the mark to 52 hours, which is the equivalent length of playing no fewer than 42 games of hockey back-to-back.

 

Not only is this a physical challenge, for some of the players representing KeyMed it will be an opportunity to take up a new sport, or to return to one that they have not played for many years.  Recognising this opportunity to boost hockey in the local community, Old Southendian Club Captain Fliss Clarke reflected; 

 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our club to host such an event and to work with the local companies in our community. We really hope that it will raise the profile of hockey in the local area, attracting new players of all ages, male and female to the hockey family.”


Speaking on behalf of the charity, Jean Robinson from Age UK Essex was full of praise for the record attempt: 


"We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this amazing challenge and to be KeyMed’s chosen charity this year. Later life can mean different things to different people, and every penny raised will help us support even more people in the Southend area."


Looking forward to the challenge, Leanne Neville, who has organised the event on behalf of KeyMed commented;

 

"This will be a fantastic event which will bring in many local companies. We hope to be successful and get our local community in the record books!"

 

The record attempt will take place at the Old Southendian Clubhouse at Warners Bridge across the second May Bank Holiday weekend.  Throughout the event, there will be live music, food, drinks and many activities for supporters of all ages who come to watch and cheer on the players.  For more information and to sponsor the players, see http://www.oshc-challenge50.co.uk