Record-breaking rugby attempt
A team of rugby players and ex-Servicemen aim to break a Guinness World Record to raise funds for Hull 4 Heroes …
On 6 September, 28 Hull-based rugby players and ex-Servicemen will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest game of marathon touch rugby. The aim is to play for a total of 48 hours, which is more than 17 hours longer than the current record.
In June 2018 they attempted to break the record at the time of 27 hours with a continuous game lasting 30 hours 2 minutes. The players achieved this but later found out that a record attempt was being processed for 30 hours 3 minutes and 11 seconds, meaning they missed out on the world record by just 71 seconds. Despite not breaking the record, the players raised more than £20,000.
This time they are hoping to raise even more money and, in the process, break the Guinness World Record. All funds raised will be donated to local Hull-based charities including Hull 4 Heroes.
Hull 4 Heroes was chosen because the event’s organisers, Michael Ellis and John Lawless, believe that not enough is done to support returning or retiring veterans as they transition back into regular civilian life. Hull 4 Heroes aims to make that transition seamless by providing homes, education and support for getting employment for veterans.
The charity is behind Hull’s ‘Veterans Village’, an £8 million project aimed at creating 58 homes for veterans as well as a rehabilitation clinic, training sites and a market garden. It is thought to be the world’s first village solely dedicated to ex-Service personnel.
Says organiser and player Michael Ellis: ‘Although holding the world record would’ve been nice the first-time round, it isn’t the main purpose of the event. Everyone taking part has a genuine interest in raising awareness and much needed funds for Hull 4 Heroes. We have ex-Servicemen taking part and that helps create a real drive within the group to go above and beyond our goals.’
Paul Matson, founder and chairman of Hull 4 Heroes, adds: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be part of the Guinness World Record attempt, and to know that people in and around Hull want to help us achieve our goals. Ex-Service personnel have regularly had to put themselves through awful conditions and it’s nice to know the community wants to give back.’
The Guinness World Record attempt for the longest game of marathon touch rugby will take place from 6 September 2019 at Hull University’s state-of-the-art facilities on Inglemire Lane.
To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/BOHAM19
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