Salisbury pair take indoor bowls WORLD RECORD

Salisbury pair take indoor bowls WORLD RECORD

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:36am 16th September 2019.

Jamie Reynolds and David Leighfield have played the longest singles game EVER, smashing the previous record.

The pair started their match at Five Rivers Indoor Bowls Club in Salisbury just after 8.00am on Saturday (September 14th).

They were aiming to keep racking up the ends for 30 hours, to beat a game in New Zealand.

To fit in with the Guinness World Record, they were allowed to have a 5 minute break every hour, but decided to build those up and play for 4 hours straight and then take a 20 minute gap.

Salisbury Bowls World Record Attempt September 2019
Jamie (in green and black) and David (wearing orange and blue) taking on their bowls challenge

BOWLS IS MORE CHALLENGING THAN YOU THINK

Think of indoor bowls, and I'm sure most of us think of the older generation playing of an afternoon and ending with a tea party.

David and Jamie say their world record attempt was about showing people that bowls is more than that.

Salisbury Bowls World Record Attempt September 2019
The pair spent their weekend rolling the woods down the course

The pair told Spire FM News that playing overnight was the toughest part, due to fatigue.

The weather took a bit of a toll as well, as the hot and sunny conditions outside made the Tollgate Road bowls club very warm.

Jamie and David's game was even streamed live on social media, gaining more than 40,000 viewers throughout the attempt: 

The pair pushed on to take the world record at 2.10pm yesterday (Sunday 15th September) but even continued to play for another two hours, to make absolutely sure they'd broken the record!

The attempt will now have to be verified by Guinness World Records before they get a certificate.

Salisbury Bowls World Record Attempt September 2019
Jamie and David celebrate their record breaking match!

A normal match would consist of 21 ends of bowling, but this one saw 445 completed across the challenge.

The game ended up being a close run thing as well - the final score being 389-382 to David Leighfield.

CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY

As well as the personal challenge of breaking the world record, Jamie and David also wanted to raise money for the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital.

On their Just Giving page, Jamie explained why they wanted to support the cause: 

"We are both local to Salisbury, with David being born and raised here, and with me living here for 11 years now. Salisbury District Hospital is very close to our hearts. I have spent time there when I was injured badly in 2009, both my children were born there and they have helped so many of my friends and family. The Stars Appeal do a fantastic job from the heart department to the children's ward. David and me really want to give something back and this is our chance."

The pair have raised around £700 so far, but more money's expected to come in thanks to raffles and auctions held as part of the challenge.

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