A maintenance engineer who works for Foster Refrigerator has helped to raise £60,000 for charity by playing in a rugby match lasting 25 hours.
Paul Denton, who is based at Foster’s King’s Lynn HQ, took to the field just after 11am and finally got back in the dressing room at 12.00 the next day.
Adjudicators were on hand to ensure the two teams played competitive rugby throughout in order to break the world record for the longest game of rugby union.
“The pace and the tempo of the game was very fast to begin with and it’s fair to say that during the whole 25-hour game no punches were pulled,” said Denton.
The match saw players from the Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity face a select squad from the Armed Forces, with conversions being turned into cash to help children who have lost parents in the armed forces.
The score ended 1,742-828 to the Armed Forces, with the length of the game equivalent of 19 back-to-back games of rugby.
Denton added: “The longest stint I completed was four solid hours playing which I had to do twice, and there were some bleak moments late Friday night when my family had gone back to the hotel and a lot of the crowd had left.
“With about two hours to go I was completely shot, I could barely jog let alone run but the prospect of the record only being an hour or two away was enough to keep me going mentally even if physically I wasn’t up to much.”