NEW WORLD RECORD
tenpin bowling marathon-
world record set by Stephen Shanabrook
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Longest game of tenpin bowls-world record set
by Stuart Ridley
LOWER HUTT, New Zealand -- Stuart Ridley,
32, bowled for 122 hour straight at Strike Entertainment Centre
to beat the old record by two hours and set the new world
record for the Longest
continuous game of tenpin bowls.
Photo: Manager Dion Leslie says he
is now on top of the world. He says the adrenalin is pumping
and he feels better than when he started bowling on Sunday
CRAIG SIMCOX/The Dominion Post
The only rest time allowed by the man
was a 10 minute break every two hours and four 20 minute power
naps. He has to submit to drug tests at the start and finish
of the marathon.
Ridley (aka "Tattoo Stu", as he calls himself)
set a new record of 122 hours, beating the previous Guinness
world record by two hours, at the Strike Entertainment Centre
in Lower Hutt.
Strike manager Dion Leslie said Ridley had
completed 596 games and delivered 11,920 balls. "He's lifted
Since he started his record attempt,
Mr Ridley has faced problems such as severely swollen ankles
and weird food cravings.
The idea began when Mr Ridley, a casual bowler,
heard that the last Kiwi to attempt the record had stumbled
early on. "He only did 33 hours and then he started to hallucinate."
A self-described insomniac, Mr Ridley was confident
he could last the distance. "I won't stop unless I collapse."
He learned how to survive on snatches of sleep when he worked
early hours as a pastry chef. "If I wanted to see my mates,
I had to stay awake."
Mr Ridley trained for his record attempt
for the Longest
continuous game of tenpin bowls by bowling for up
to 16 hours at a time. During his training sessions, he suffered
from chapped lips from the centre's air conditioning system
and sore feet and calf muscles.
He would probably commemorate the event
by getting another dragon tattoo, which would "have to be
holding a bowling ball". It would be his 37th tattoo and there
is a space on his right arm for it. "I've used this arm the
whole time," he said, lifting it triumphantly.
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