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Adam and Alex smashed squash record attempt

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

24/03/14 Adam Bates and Alex Gill are training to try and break the record for the longest squash marathon for charity. This is a practice session. - Burton, Burton Adam Bates (Black top) / Alex Gill (Black top) going to do squash marathon for charity...

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FRIENDS Adam Bates and Alex Gill have broken the world record for the longest squash marathon.

The pair, from Burton, completed their epic feat on Sunday night after playing for 33 hours and eight minutes,meaning they broke the record by a whole hour.

Adam told the Mail: “I had a cold for the week leading up to it so it could have ruined everything but it didn’t affect my energy levels.

“The worst part was the last few hours but both of us had the adrenalin. Alex started thinking strange things when he was counting the score in his head, so if he counted six he would think six sides of a boat.

“I started thinking the walls were getting wider and wavy.

“It was a fantastic weekend but it seemed to go on for an eternity.”

He said that everybody involved had been ‘unbelievable’ and thanked all the people who volunteered to help as witnesses, especially Caitlin Pritchard who stayed for the duration and helped with the paperwork.

As well as trying to get into the Gunniness Book of World Records they were also rasing money for The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, in memory of Adam’s aunty who died suddenly last year.

So far they have raised £1,200.

Adam said: “It has been unbelievable. I spent a year racked with anxiety and have had lots of sleepless nights with all the pressure I put on myself and with it being in memory of my aunty. I’m just so thankful I could do it.”

Adam and Alex spent Monday recovering from their achievement.

The previous record of 32 hours and seven minutes was held by two Australians.

Donations can be made at Justgiving.com/squashWR

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