He’s still awaiting official confirmation, but we’re pretty confident that ACR Journal Account Executive James Knight is now a world record-breaker.
James and six team-mates from March Bears RUFC joined more than 30 other players from around the UK to tackle the Guinness World record for the longest rugby match ever played at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium. They beat the old record of 28 hours and raised thousands of pounds for charity, with support for James alone now close to the £1,200 mark.
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He said: “It was an amazing thing to be part of… although there were a quite a few times when I thought ‘what am I doing here?’ The toughest times were in the middle of the night, when there were no spectators and no music. That was hard mentally as well as physically, but when you see how much money was raised for the charities it was definitely worth it. I just want to thank everyone who supported the event.’’
The money raised goes to Scotty’s Little Soldiers and The Fire Fighters Charity. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a military charity dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces and The Fire Fighters Charity supports current and ex-firefighters in need, whether injured, ill or in need of psychological support.
Each of the 23 players on each side wore a GPS tag to ensure they played continuously, with an hour’s work rewarded with a five-minute rest. Players were allowed to sleep in tents around the pitch when not in action, and food was supplied by a local branch of Sainsbury’s.
So what’s the next challenge for James? “We reckon the record will be broken again before too long so we’re already talking about the next time. I might even start the training a bit earlier for that one!’’
You can still support the charities via James’ JustGiving page.