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Hockey world record attempt this weekend at Bradley Stoke Community School

Posted on Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 8:54 am by SH (Editor)

Hockey world record attempt at BSCS, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

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.

More: "Playing for 50 hours is going to be incredibly difficult"

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Hockey club confirmed as world record holders

Posted on Monday 24th October 2011 at 10:07 am by SH (Editor)

Hockey world record attempt at BSCS, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

A 31-hour marathon hockey match that took place in Bradley Stoke earlier this year has been officially recognised as setting a new world record.

South Gloucestershire Hockey Club staged the event at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) over the weekend of 28th/29th May, aiming to beat the record for “the world’s longest continuous hockey match”, which stood at 30 hours and 15 minutes.

After months of scrutiny and deliberation, Guinness World Records has now confirmed that the 32 players who took part in the match are now officially record-breakers.

The event also raised more than £5,200 for Cots for Tots, a £1m appeal for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital, which cares for premature and critically-ill babies.

It was organised by the hockey club’s third team goalkeeper Darren Bane, whose son Matthew was born more than three months premature, and spent his first six months at the NICU. He said:

“Waiting for Guinness to officially confirm our world record claim was almost as painful as taking part in the match itself.”

“The publication of their latest book led to an influx of record claims, so the assessment process took a bit longer than it usually does.”

“For us, it has been a very anxious few months waiting for their decision, but now they have officially recognised our achievement, I am delighted.”

More: How the local community helped the record breakers »

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Hockey club claims new world record after 31 hour match

Posted on Tuesday 31st May 2011 at 6:45 am by SH (Editor)

Hockey players complete 31-hour match in Bradley Stoke

A squad of players from South Gloucestershire Hockey Club has laid claim to a new world record after playing continuously for 31 hours at Bradley Stoke Community School over the bank holiday weekend.

The world record attempt began at 9am on Saturday and ended at 4pm on Sunday, beating the previous record (held by Omagh Hockey Club) by 45 minutes.

Event Organiser Darren Bane told The Journal:

“Within the next few weeks the club will put together a package of evidence to send to Guinness World Records, who will then assess it to decide whether or not we met all the criteria and can be recognised as official world record holders.”

“We are certainly claiming a new world record; those of us involved have the bruises and stiff limbs to prove it!”

“We are all sore and weary, but delighted with our achievement. It looks likely we will raise well in excess of £3,000 for Cots for Tots, too.”

“I would like to thank absolutely everybody who was involved in any way in this event; the players, stewards, witnesses, supporters; it was a true team effort.”

More photos from the event: album; slideshow (PicasaWeb)

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Hockey world record attempt underway at BSCS

Posted on Saturday 28th May 2011 at 11:11 am by SH (Editor)

Hockey world record attempt at BSCS, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

An attempt to set a new world record for the longest continuous hockey game is underway at Bradley Stoke Community School.

A group of 32 players from South Gloucestershire Hockey Club is aiming to play for 31 hours, which would beat the existing record of 30 hours and 15 minutes set by Omagh Hockey Club in August 2010.

The event is raising money for Cots for Tots, a £1 million appeal to buy four new life-saving cots for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Bristol’s St Michael’s Hospital.

Organiser Darren Bane has set a target of raising £2,500. Anyone who would like to sponsor the record bid can donate through the dedicated webpage at

The marathon match began promptly at 9am and will continue through the night until 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

The club is still seeking people to act as independent witnesses for the event (as record by Guinness World Records).  The slots still be be filled are: Saturday 3pm-5pm & 5pm-9pm and Sunday 1am-5am. Anyone able to help during these times is asked to speak to a steward at the event.

More info: Hockey Round the Clock – World Record Attempt

More photos from the event: album; slideshow (PicasaWeb)

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