Sunday, June 9, 2013
Longest snooker marathon: UK players break Guinness world record
Market Harborough, UK -- Nick Barrett and Andy Osborne completed 75 hours and 13 minutes of playing snooker continuously at Market Harborough Conservative Club in Fairfield Road, Harborough, with minimal breaks and precious little sleep, setting the new world record for the Longest snooker marathon, while raising over £3,000 for Loros,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Nick Barrett and Andy Osborne needed to beat 74 hours to get into the Book of World Records but managed to keep playing for more than an hour longer – setting the new record of 75 hours and 13 minutes. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the longest snooker marathon (singles) is 50 hours and was achieved by Gerry Cunningham and Gary McDonald (both UK), at the Chatham Pool and Snooker Club, Chatham, UK.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest singles pool marathon; it was 74 hours and 50 minutes, achieved by Nick Barrett and Andy Osborne (both UK) at the Royalist Public House, Market Harborough, UK, from 4-7 February 2011.
They needed to beat 74 hours to break the Guinness World Record but managed to keep playing for more than an hour longer – setting the new record of 75 hours and 13 minutes.
There was a web camera that recorded the feat and Mr Barrett said that supporters were watching the marathon and said that it made for addictive viewing.
The pair have raised around £2,000 for Loros, a charity chosen by Mr Barrett as his mum, who died last year, received fantastic support from Loros when she was ill.
Mr Barrett said: "It was a lot harder than the pool we did a couple of years ago and there were moments where I didn't think we were going to make it. "I'm touched by the support we got from friends, family and our witnesses.
Mr Osborne and Mr Barrett took on a pool marathon two years ago to raise funds for the MS Society after Mr Barrett's wife Emma had a multiple sclerosis scare.
The pool marathon raised £3,000 for the MS Society and received massive support from the community. They still hold the Guinness world record for playing pool of 74-hours, 50-minutes.
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