Snooker pair shatter World Record time

Jason Carter and Tom Bone after their epic Help for Heroes snooker fundraiser. Photo by John Crossland.

Jason Carter and Tom Bone after their epic Help for Heroes snooker fundraiser. Photo by John Crossland.

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TWO snooker fanatics chalked up over 53 hours of continuous play in the hope of breaking a World Record and raising money for a worthy charity.

Jason Carter and Tom Bone both from Wainfleet, cued off on Friday in an attempt to break the previous record of 50 hours and managed a staggering 53 hours, five minutes and 56 seconds, which they hope is enough to get them that Guinness World Record certificate.

“It was really rough going but we got through. The first 20 hours seemed to go on forever but we kept on going even though we began to feel very bizarre with the lack of sleep,” said Tom.

In fact, the lads managed to complete 184 frames of snooker over the time compared to the 114 frames the previous record holders managed. The pair, who both play in the Skegness snooker league, chose to not only attempt the record but also raise money for Help For Heroes and join in on a massive community fund raising effort in Wainfleet.

Money is still to come in but around £400 has been raised from the event, which was held at the Wainfleet Social Club. The total community effort is thought to exceed £6,500 so far.

“Everyone has been so supportive and I don’t think we’ve really taken it all in. Our knees and bodies began to ache but that is nothing compared to what the heroes have to live with - we can recover from this,” added Tom.

Each stage of the event was filmed by Alan Kilner as a way to prove the duo stuck to the rules of the record challenge and to show their finishing time.

And landlord Granville Bainbridge of the club helped with drinks and food, among other friends and family.

“Everyone in the community has been so supportive and I want to thank them for all of their help. It means the world to us and it was a brilliant experience but I don’t think I want to play snooker for a while now!” added Tom.