Fri 9th November, 2012
A group of crazy dodgeball players plan on hurling their circular missiles towards each for 51 hours virtually non-stop – in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record
The Bedfordshire Bulls, the University’s dodgeball outfit, are to play around 2000 games in three days of action to get their names in the record books for the longest-ever dodgeball event, and raise money for charity.
They aim is to collect £4,000 for SportsTraider, a charity offering youngsters the kit and backing they need to get into sport.
Team captain Johnathan Rudland said the exhaustion, pain and physical effort will all be worth it, if they raise the target amount for the charity, which encourages children to try new sports, and helps talented youngsters from all backgrounds excel.
Johnathan said: “We wanted to challenge ourselves, not only physically and mentally, but to do something which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something which will raise a massive amount of money for a charity.
“We decided to support SportsTraider as it is a local charity that helps local children participate in sport no matter what their background is. Dodgeball is a sport anyone can play, irrespective of ability, sex or race, and we feel SportsTraider reflects the ethos of our sport.
“The charity is also expanding nationwide so some of the money will support other children around the country.”
In 2013 the Bedfordshire Bulls will also be volunteering their time to run a local community dodgeball club with SportsTraider, to allow more people to access the sport. But first they must pass the 41hr 3min 17sec mark to beat the current record, set by a group from Vermont, USA.
The rules are pretty simple: they must have six players participating on both teams at all times; and they cannot leave the Petit Gym, in Bedford, where the event is being held, except for a five-minute toilet break every hour.
The event starts at 5pm on Friday, 14 December.
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Alternatively email BullsDodgeWR@hotmail.co.uk