They don’t look worn out, but the pictures here show the 24 players in the South West Scorpions wheelchair basketball team AFTER they had played non-stop for 27 hours and 32 minutes.
Only blisters, bruises and dislocated fingers prevented the players from improving on the September 2004 record of 26 hours and 3 minutes set by the University of Omaha, Nebraska.
Ben Fox, 16, from Westlea, who carried the Olympic torch in Royal Wootton Bassett on 23 May, and is aiming for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, captained one of the Scorpion teams involved in the marathon at Filton College in Bristol which ended on 12 August.
After the cost of hall hire and other expenses, the challenge has so far raised over £3,000 in sponsorship. The main sponsors included Deloitte and Coca-Cola, as well as Sainsbury and Bookers, and the Swindon Advertiser.
Ben said: “It’s amazing that we broke the record. Originally we wanted to go for 30 hours but we thought we would be better to stop sooner because everybody was getting really tired and the small injuries were starting to mount up and we didn’t want to not enjoy that we had the record under out belts."
He said the worst part of the marathon game was the early hours after all the supporters had left and the game continued. It was strange to be left pretty much alone to play whilst everybody had gone to bed."
Ben’s mum, Carol Hearne, in charge of promotion and fundraising for the group, said she was delighted for the players: “When the moment came when they played through the record time was such an emotional moment; they’re absolutely amazing to have done it.
"They really stuck to their guns and continued playing through the pain barrier. I think at one point they had more blisters than they had scores on the board, they really suffered."
Having done the hours, the team now have to submit their records for entry as an official Guinness World Record. It includes witness statements, a record of the three clocks used to time the event and a video.