London Ambulance staff score a world record

Thursday, 15 September, 2011

Sixteen London Ambulance Service staff broke the world record for the longest five-a-side football match at the weekend. The team played non-stop for 43 hours with the final score of White 1030 - 918 Black, a goal in every 90 seconds.

Smithfield Cycle Responder Mark Scott, who came up with the idea, said: "We were planning to play for 48 hours but it was a tough challenge. Quite a few of us suffered minor injuries, including a dislocated toe, but we all made it until the end on Sunday.

"We had to play 'in the spirit of the game' to be considered for the record and camped out next to the pitch to get some rest over the weekend.

"I'm really grateful for all the people who came down and cheered us on - that really kept us going."

Mark added: "The match was in aid of MERU, the Chief Executive's charity. MERU is close to my heart as my three-year-old nephew who has cerebral palsy has benefited from similar equipment the charity builds and designs."

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