Mansfield and Kirkby men break world racketball record for Cancer Research UK


PALS Steve Rowe and Stuart Allwood are celebrating after completing a racketball challenge lasting an incredible 24 hours and 15 minutes.

Steve, from Mansfield, and Stuart, who lives in Kirkby, undertook the world record attempt at Sutton’s Lammas Leisure Centre between 7am on 8th November and 9.25am on 9th November.

To break the record the pair had to play a continuous game for more than 24 hours - and they are now waiting to have their attempt verified by Guinness World Records.

Steve, who suffered blisters the size of his feet 11 hours into the challenge, said: “When we finished it was just sheer relief.

“The exhaustion didn’t kick in until around 11am when you realise that you have done it.”

The pair were supported by adjudicators, friends, family, leisure centre staff and they also motivated each other when one was struggling.

As well as breaking a record, the pair also raised almost £3,900 for Cancer Research UK, smashing their target of £2,880.

Steve and Stuart, who both work for Pendragon based at Sherwood Business Park in Annesley, chose this charity in memory of a close friend Nigel Carlisle and Steve’s father-in-law who they lost to cancer.

The pair, who practice at Kirkby’s Festival Hall, have completed other challenges for Cancer Research including the Three Peaks.

Added Steve: “When you are walking for 24 hours you have got different scenery but on the squash court there is no natural light.”