English Clubs are World Record Breakers

Old Southendian world record

The longest game of hockey is a record that many clubs across the world have used as a chance to raise funds for charities whilst getting their names in the record books. British clubs are not ones to shy away from a challenge with many teams playing well over the normal 70 minutes, running their bodies into the ground to raise funds, have fun and take their place in the history books.

In 2012 Crawley Hockey Club took to the challenge and played for 34 hours, raising over £13,000 for St Catherine's Hospice. A year later Kent side Holcombe played for 40 hours in May 2013 to claim the title of the marathon hockey match.  West of England club South Gloustershire have taken on this challenge not just the once, but twice. Firstly in 2011 they managed 30 hours then went on to beat that and the record that stood at the time, to take it to 50 hours in May 2015.  

At the start of this year the holders were an American side managing 51 hours which was broken by a Dutch side (52 hours) soon after. That didn’t stand for long either as English side Old Southendians took on the record last weekend.   

The Essex club rose to the challenge over the bank holiday weekend to be crowned the current World Record holders. They set a time of 53 hours 11 minutes and they raised over £13,000 for Age UK Essex in partnership with local business Olympus Keymed who had never picked up a hockey stick before.

Starting Friday 4 June, the University of Nottingham men’s hockey club will be taking on the RAF in another attempt at setting a record. Their aim is 55 hours and they hope to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Help 4 Heroes. They may have to push beyond the 55 hour mark if they wish to hang onto the title as on July the 1st Chelmsford hockey club will be taking to the pitch in an attempt to break the World record once more. The record has changed hands so many times in recent memory that it will surely take something exceptional to hang onto the title. Who's going to be the side to take it to 70 or even 80 hours?!

If you'd like to find out more about the University of Nottingham's efforts this weekend, including how to donate, click here.