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Pendle players 'try' but fail to set rugby record
A SPATE of injuries put an end to an attempt to break the world record for the longest game of touch rugby this weekend.
A 28-strong team from Colne and Nelson Rugby Union Club were aiming for a 32-hour game at the Holt House playing fields, but they had to abandon at 6am on Sunday, after 20 hours, due to injuries.
Despite the disappointment they still managed to raise thousands of pounds for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
The event was the brainchild of Adam Padgett, 23, who plays for the club. His brother Ryan, 20, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
He said: “It is a charity that is close to my heart and it has been quite emotional talking about it and trying to get the message across.
“On Saturday we raised £1,300 and we still have player sponsorships to come, so we’re hoping to hit the £3,000 barrier in the end. When you think every £150 can fund a day’s research it is a great amount.”
The epic game kicked off at 10.30am on Saturday and teams rotated to play six-a-side throughout the night, with the aim of finishing at 6pm on Sunday. Adam said: “We gave it a good go and it was disappointing to have to stop but we had six or seven lads who picked up injuries so we just couldn’t go on.
“I’ve hurt my feet and they are pretty sore at the moment, but the most important thing was to raise money for the charity.”
Ryan was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was just six years old and has been using a wheelchair since the age of nine.
There is currently no cure for the condition, but research is taking place, with clinical trials for a potential treatment underway.
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