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By the title of today’s blog post you may struggle to comprehend the idea of a “cricket marathon”, and to be honest I was the same. Two words that you would not expect to be in the same sentence, let alone be put into practice, has actually emerged into a challenging, exhilarating fundraising event.

First, let us get back to the basics of how this event originated. It was the idea of the Loughborough Staff University Staff CC to break the current Cricket Marathon World Record, which stands at 105 hours of continuous cricket. The aim is to play 150 hours of cricket continuously across 7 days (24th-30th June), with the previous record to be broken at approximately 19.02pm on Thursday 29th June. But, why are these people putting themselves to the test?

The motivation

Well, not only will the participants receive the great pleasure from attempting to break a World Record, but also the event itself is for a very worthy cause. Harley Staples Cancer Trust, set up in 2009, is a charity that is currently raising money to build a holiday home for young cancer patients and their families who are suffering from Leukaemia or other forms of cancer, known as “Harley’s House”. The Harley Staples Cancer Trust have already raised over £200,000 for the £500,000 holiday home, hence why the Cricket Marathon World Record attempt are supporting this worthwhile and commendable charity.

Why attend?

So, if the fundraising element isn’t evidence enough of how great this event will be, then how about this. Spanning across the whole event, several models will be attending and standing as celebrity umpires, with celebrity names expressing an interest to participate in the actual event, such as Natalie Pinkham (TV presenter) and Andy Zaltzman (comedian/author). Additional entertainment will also be available, including a cricket fair, Kwik cricket matches and a beer tent throughout the week, so there really is something for everyone.

Further information

Further events will be taking place in accordance with this Cricket World Marathon attempt. Two fundraising dinners have been arranged on Saturday 23rd June and Saturday 7th July, which will be attended by England and Leicestershire greats, Matthew Hoggard and Paul Nixon; the former is the Harley Staples Cancer Trust patron. There is also a chance to win a weekend in a Mercedes SLK, all the details of this, and tickets for the aforementioned dinners can be obtained via contacting the event organiser, Chris Hughes (see details below).

The details

Where – Loughborough College, Rubber Crumb (Radmoor Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3BT)

When – 24th-30th June 2012 (commencing at 10:01am following a 1 minute silence for Tom Maynard)

More informationwww.cricketmarathon.co.uk

Donate – www.harleystaples.co.uk

ContactEmail: cricketmarathon@gmail.com Phone: 07915088521

When I was offered the opportunity to write a blog concerning this fundraising event, I did not hesitate to give it coverage as not only does it benefit the event itself, but it is also raising awareness and much needed support for a remarkable charity. It is open to anyone, so if possible make your way down to Loughborough over the week, and even if you can’t make the specific dates then head over to the website to see the live feed of the event as it happens! With details still being confirmed over days and times of various professional cricketers and celebrities, stay tuned, as I will keep you updated as the event draws closer. Lots of luck to those who are participating, and let’s see a World Record broken!

(Find Loughborough Staff University Staff CC on Twitter @lufbracricket)

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