Challenge 52 – World Record Holders

Over the weekend two teams of footballers representing Peterborough United and Reading took part in an amazing fundraising event at Hampton Community Sports Association (HCSA) in Peterborough. The lads broke the world record for the longest ever five a side football game by completing 52 hours! The previous record was officially 40 hours, although the unofficial record was set at 42 hours last year by the same teams.

The record attempt started at 10 am on Friday morning and went through two scorching days and cold nights, before a slightly cooler and very wet ending at 2pm on Sunday. The final score was 895-808 to the Reading team, avenging their defeat in last year’s game.

It was an unbelievable achievement both mentally and physically and every one of the lads is a hero and now a World Record Holder! Peterborough United: Conor King, Andy Mills, Daniel Ray, Wayne Daly, James Field, Manjit Sidhu and Chris Wilkinson Reading: Victor Schooling, Paul Atkins, Daniel Golder, Rob McGowan, Ian Walker, Scott Allaway and Louis Mott.

View some pictures here

Thanks also to Becki White and Robert Neal who kindly volunteered to spend the whole 52 hours at pitchside as witnesses, doing various jobs including scoring, time keeping, refereeing and filming, our very own Sam Downing who spent two cold nights keeping score and Paul Noble, Chris Rath, Andrew Barks and Ashley Thorpe who gave up various parts of their weekend’s to referee.

Also thanks to everybody who came along to support over the 52 hours including Posh captain Gaby Zakuani who came along at midnight for an hour on Saturday evening, Claire Houston and Amy Cook who came down at short notice to give much needed sports massage on Saturday and Sunday respectively, Peterborough Telegraph for their fantastic coverage over the weekend, local businesses Domino Pizza, One Stop and Subway who generously donated food and drink on Saturday afternoon, HCSA for donating the pitch free of charge, Martin Pilarski for helping us fence the pitch off, Craig Buttres for kind donation of fruit from (which we have subsequently passed on to Peterborough Streets, a local homeless charity) and of course everybody who has sponsored the challenge, helping to break through the target of £1,500 and we will be well on the way to £2,000 once all the money has been collected!

Last but not least thanks again to Conor King, Andy Mills and Victor Schooling for being the driving forces behind organising the event.

Video of the ending

Since the challenge ended the story of this feat has gone national and even global! The Daily Mirror and Sun included reports in today’s editions and there have been articles on Yahoo India and The Times of Malta.

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