Members of South Gloucestershire Hockey Club (SGHC) are hoping history will repeat itself in Bradley Stoke this bank holiday weekend as they try to reclaim a Guinness World Record.
Starting at 10am today (Saturday 23rd May) and ending at 12noon on Monday (25th May), SGHC plans to play the longest single continuous field hockey match of all time.
The event is taking place at Bradley Stoke Community School, where SGHC trains and plays its home matches.
The club hopes the marathon match will raise £10,000 for the Cots for Tots Appeal at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, which cares for critically ill premature babies and newborns.
The current record, set in May 2013, is held by Holcombe Hockey Club of Kent, and stands at 40 hours. SGHC hopes to add a massive ten hours to that total, playing non-stop for 50 hours.
SGHC is no stranger to the history books: over the same bank holiday weekend in 2011, they set what was then a new world record when they played for 31 hours, beating the previous total by 45 minutes.
They were one week short of holding the official record for a year when it was beaten by Crawley Hockey Club, who played for 34 hours and then, a year later, the current holders Holcombe took the crown.
Two squads of 16 players – men and women – will attempt the world record, played to the full normal field hockey rules, with 11-a-side on the pitch at any one time.
Those taking part have to be there for the duration of the record attempt; there’s no going home for a four-hour sleep and then returning the pitch.
In order to meet the strict criteria to claim an official world record, the players will be supported by a small army of volunteers.
They include umpires, timekeepers, stewards, photographers and, most importantly, independent witnesses.
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