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World record attempt for trust in memory of aunty

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

  • Adam Bates and Alex Gill are training to try and break the record for the longest squash marathon for charity.

  • Adam Bates and Alex Gill are training to try and break the record for the longest squash marathon for charity.

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FRIENDS Adam Bates and Alex Gill from Burton have a world record attempt in their sights.

Adam and Alex, both 25, will attempt to break the record for the longest squash marathon, which is currently held by two Australians and stands at 32 hours and seven minutes.

They are currently training hard for the attempt in May which will see them raise money for The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts in memory of Adam’s aunty Ann Hogan who died suddenly last year after suffering a brain aneurysm while in the gym, aged just 48.

Adam said: “For Alex’s birthday last year, I decided it’d be a novel idea to officially lodge the application to break the world record and commit to organising it. It’s fair to say we didn’t realise how difficult it would be physically and in terms of the organisation.

“We’ve been training intensely, running marathons and hitting the gym hard for many months – Alex in Burton, me in Uruguay where I’d been working as a sports commentator for the last six months before returning to Burton.

“We looked at doing tennis but the record for that was 60 hours.”

For the attempt to go ahead they need independent witnesses to monitor the event, who they have no links to.

It can only be officially recognised by Guinness if the people are of ‘professional repute’ and ‘upstanding members of the community’ such as lawyers, civil notaries, media editors and head teachers.

Adam said: “This has proved very difficult. Each witness must do a minimum of four hours, with their role being to simply ensure we follow the rules – an easy job. We’re appealing for anybody who thinks they might fit the bill to get in touch.”

The friends met when they were members of the Little Theatre Company. They also attended Burton College together.

Adam, who is a freelance sports commentator, added: “My aunty was very fit. She loved wildlife and walked everywhere – she was the healthiest person you could meet.”

Anybody who thinks they can be an independent witness for the record attempt at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club on May 3 and 4 can call Adam on 07907 013272.

A website has been set up for anyone wishing to donate. Donations can be made at Justgiving.com/squashWR

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