Ex Mercury Guiness World record attempt
Pictured above Col Simon Hutchinson (Corps Colonel) with event organiser and self-confessed football fanatic Chris Dixon
72 hours playing
0 hours training
1 Guinness World Record Attempt
£1123.85 Raised for the RSBF
The brainchild of Captain Jack Hodder, organised and driven by champion fundraiser Cpl Chris Dixon, the 72-hour soccer marathon saw sixteen footballers, a mix of 11th Signal Regiment and phase 2 trainees, attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continual game of 5-A-side football.
Bend it like Peckham!
When 32 year-old phase two trainee David Peckham joined the Royal Signals he never dreamed he’d be spending Monday mornings playing 5-A-Side football and attempting to enter the Guinness Book of Records in the process but on Monday 16th January he was doing just that.
Almost double the goals scored in a premiership season
The brainchild of Captain Jack Hodder, organised and driven by champion fundraiser Cpl Chris Dixon, the 72-hour soccer marathon saw sixteen footballers, attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continual game of 5-A-side football. A mix of 11th Signal Regiment and phase 2 trainees, they battled injury and fatigue to fundraise for the RSBF. We reckon the final scoreline – more than 2000 goals, almost double the number of goals scored in a premiership season – must be close to a world record too!
Physically and mentally demanding the two eight-man teams played 5-A-Side football continually for 72 hours. Hopefully they entered the record books on Monday morning (they’re still waiting to hear officially) but, in true military style, soldiered on into early afternoon to try to ensure the record was well and truly smashed.
Aching limbs, blistered feet, shattered knees
The camaraderie and team spirit, masking the aching limbs, blistered feet and shattered knees, shone through to the end. “We were helped enormously by hot food from Elior plus treats from well-wishers and much needed sports massages from camp stalwarts.” Said one of the players. Meanwhile, a Sergeant who had already clocked up over 90 miles when we interviewed him, admitted his next challenge – The London Marathon – would be a bit of a walk in the park by comparison.
’I’ve had friends who have been helped and supported by The RSBF, it’s a charity that is really important to all Signallers, we did this for them’.
“We underestimated the challenge. The first twelve hours we went for it, then reality dawned. The next twelve were a struggle, Friday night into Saturday morning was a killer. It would have been easy to quit but the fact people were sponsoring us kept us going.” Said organiser Chris Dixon, adding ‘It wasn’t the World Record attempt that drove us but the fact that The RSBF is such a worthy cause, that’s what really drove us. Another player agreed adding, ’I’ve had friends who have been helped and supported by The RSBF, it’s a charity that is really important to all Signallers, we did this for them’.
Up stepped not one, but ten, phase two trainees
Interestingly few of the team had had time to prepare. Operational and other commitments meant that some of those originally due to take part weren’t available. Up stepped not one but ten phase two trainees, to fill the sizeable boots vacated by staff from 11 Signal Regiment. “It’s been a unique experience, it’s not often you get to mix with the staff in this kind of environment when you go through training. The team spirit is unbelievable, it makes me really keen to get to the field Army.’
Quitting is never an option
Echoed by all was the sentiment that ‘team’ was the key driver, ‘It’s a military mentality, you don’t want to let your team mates down so quitting is never an option.’ That was evident, even the Signaller who was injured insisted on playing on through the small hours to ensure success for his team mates.
A word from the RSBF
Swift and sure support for The Corps – Together we can do more
Huge thanks to all those who helped make this event such a resounding success: players and organisers, admin support, gym staff. A special mention too to all those friends and comrades who stepped in to help with child care and cheering – you really made a difference. Equally to all those sponsors and donors whose generosity not only spurred on the players but of course helps the RSBF help others, Finally thank you Lt Col Short for yet again being so supportive of the RSBF.
They did it, will you? #Fundraise for the RSBF
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Precious rest breaks were divided between sleep, games, food and phone