VIDEO: Diss bowls club members’ world record attempt to play continuously for 50 hours
If all goes go plan, by 4pm Sunday, six Diss bowls players will have just completed their 50th hour of continuous playing to set a new world record.
Diss and District Bowls Club players Lynne Ainge, Robert Capon, Kristian Garnham, David Harrison, Lee Holden and Aaron Stimpson will at 2pm tomorrow begin their pursuit of a Guinness World Record at the famous bowls arena at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea in Norfolk.
They are also fundraising for the Big C cancer charity, based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The six team members last year did a 24-hour bowls marathon at the Denmark Street club, also for the Big C charity, in honour of the support it had given team member Mrs Ainge during her emotional cancer journey. It raised £6,000
She said: “It is a charity very close to my heart.
“It has been my support and lifeline. I’m a breast cancer survivor. I lost my husband in October 2013, I lost my dad last year, and my mum previously all to cancer and the Big C Centre and the Big C generally has been very supportive.”
The strict rules of the world record mean that they will be divided into three pairs, with one pair sitting out for an hour at any one time, during which time they may eat or sleep, but must not leave the arena.
There will be two independent witnesses at each point in the challenge and a steward will oversee the witnesses.
“We thought if we can do 24 hours with no sleep, we thought we should be able to do 50 with rest breaks,” said Mrs Ainge.
Tourists at the resort can also watch and support.
The record is currently held by a team from Australia who completed their challenge in 2013 and notched up 38 hours.
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