Journal’s James tackles rugby world record

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Published: 05 May 2017


ACR Journal Account Manager James Knight is preparing for an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest game of Rugby Union ever played.

James and 45 others from across the UK are aiming to top the existing record of 28 hours-plus, and have set themselves a daunting target of 31 hours. They hope to raise around £70,000 from the overall event for two charities.
As anyone who has bumped into James at a recent industry event or golf day can testify, he is taking the challenge pretty seriously. The past few months have seen him following a strict training regime, with no alcohol and plenty of early nights…

James, who plays for March Bears RUFC, said: “It works out at just over a season of rugby in two days. Normal game rules apply, with each team only allowed to have a maximum of eight substitutes, rotating through the 31 hours.

“Of course it will be great to break the record, but the real reason we are doing this is to raise money for two great charities, 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.''

The event takes place at the home of Worcester Warriors on 12-13 May. Entry at the Sixways Stadium is by donations at the gate, no ticket needed, and a family fun day will run alongside the record attempt on Saturday 12 May.

If anyone would like to support James and the charities, please visit his JustGiving page.