The 60-hour netball match of Guildford

PUBLISHED: 18:16 29 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 20 February 2013

The 60-hour netball match of Guildford

The 60-hour netball match of Guildford

A new world record for the longest ever netball match has been set by two Surrey teams who played for three days straight at the Guildford Spectrum.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2010


A new world record for the longest ever netball match has been set by two Surrey teams who played for three days straight at the Guildford Spectrum.


All in aid of charity, the Claygate and New Malden netball clubs played for 60 hours and scored nearly 5,000 goals between them, with team purple overcoming the blues by 2,440 to 2,381.


Held to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital, in celebration of the victory over cancer of one of the participants, Claygates Debbie Middleton, the event has so far raised over 57,000.


"When I suggested breaking the world record for the longest netball match to raise money for the charity the girls were right behind me although some might be a little less enthusiastic now! says Debbie.


Looking back, it was the most incredible example of teamwork that I have ever seen not just from the 24 players involved but from the team behind the scenes that helped organise the event. We had such brilliant support from our family, friends and the netball network.


Equivalent to completing six marathons back-to-back, this was an incredible endurance test for each player, both physically and mentally, with no one allowed to leave courtside for more then five minutes at any point during the attempt.


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