Dads plan longest squash match ever

Simon Hatchman and Mark Owen are planning to break the world record for the longest ever squash match

Simon Hatchman and Mark Owen are planning to break the world record for the longest ever squash match

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TWO sporty dads are going to attempt to break a world record next week by playing squash for more than 30 hours.

Simon Hatchman, of Skillington, and Mark Owen, of Colsterworth, are hoping to raise over £1,000 for Children in Need by attempting the longest game of squash ever.

The pair will try and smash the record, which is currently 29 hours 55 minutes, on Thursday and Friday next week. They are allowed the equivalent of just a five minute break every hour but they are determined to play for 31 hours.

Simon, 39, said: “We’re going to give it a good go.

“We’ve been told that the physical exertion is not so much of a problem, it’s the mental fatigue and sheer boredom of knocking a ball against a wall for more than a day that people struggle with.”

Although the pair, who have played squash almost weekly for the past four years, have never attempted anything like this before they have both done fund-raising challenges.

Simon said: “We had been thinking for some time about a 24 hour squash-a-thon to raise funds for charity as we are both keen players. When we saw that the world record was only a few extra hours we decided we may as well go the whole hog.”

To qualify for the record they have to play a continuous competitive match with the scores recorded and all the play filmed and witnessed.

Simon, who works at the leisure centre in St Neots where the attempt will be made, added: “Mark usually wins – he’s a better player than me but I’m fitter!”

Mark, 37, and Simon both have young families so they decided to support the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Simon added: “We thought it would be a worthy cause that most people would be happy to support.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/Simon-Hatchman

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