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Newark's Guinness World Record attempt - Sergeant Chris Bullen and Corporal Joel Pickersgill will play the longest snooker match ever


By Connor Thompson


A Guinness World Record attempt is underway at Newark.

Sergeant Chris Bullen and Corporal Joel Pickersgill will attempt to play the longest snooker match ever recorded, at the Royal Air Forces Association’s Gateway Club.

The two friends, who met at RAF Odiham eight years ago, bonded over a love for the game.

Chris Bullen and Joel Pickersgill, two RAF personnel aiming to break the world record of the longest snooker match, by playing 100 hours uninterrupted, at the RAFA Gateway Club.
Chris Bullen and Joel Pickersgill, two RAF personnel aiming to break the world record of the longest snooker match, by playing 100 hours uninterrupted, at the RAFA Gateway Club.

The began playing earlier today (June 5) at 10am, and plan to continue until 2pm on Sunday, June 9.

Joel, 34, said: “The current record for the longest snooker singles marathon is more than 85 hours, according to Guinness World Records.

Chris Bullen and Joel Pickersgill starting a world record snooker match attempt..Chris Bullen playing a shot. (11792564)
Chris Bullen and Joel Pickersgill starting a world record snooker match attempt..Chris Bullen playing a shot. (11792564)

"We’ll be playing 100 hours because originally we wanted to be part of RAF100 in 2018, however I was posted to the Falklands so we had to put it off for a year.

“All the money we raise will go to the RAF Association, the charity which supports the RAF family. The Association has kindly allowed us to attempt this snooker marathon upstairs at their Gateway Club, and is even providing volunteers to help adjudicate the match.”

Because of Guinness World Record rules, the entire match must be witnessed by observers.

The rules also allow Chris and Joel a five minute break every hour, which can be accrued.

Chris Bullen and Joel Pickersgill starting a world record snooker match attempt..Joel Pickergill playing a shot. (11792237)
Chris Bullen and Joel Pickersgill starting a world record snooker match attempt..Joel Pickergill playing a shot. (11792237)

Chris, 35, said: “Sleep deprivation is going to be the hardest part of this challenge, but Joel and I are good mates and will keep going by bouncing off each other, plus we’ll have a steady supply of coffee on the go.

“I have colleagues and friends who were helped by the RAF Association, so we wanted to give something back to the charity. The local branch and club has been extremely supportive, and we aim to raise at least £1,000 for them.”

The record for the longest snooker singles marathon stands at 85 hours, 19 minutes and four seconds, and was set in Ennis, Ireland, in 2015.

(left to right) Bob MacRae, Chairman of the RAF Association's Newark and District Branch, Station Officer Geoff Burton, Corporal Joel Pickering, Sergeant Chris Bullen and Ailsa Gough, RAF Association Area Director of the South East and Eastern Area. (11795107)
(left to right) Bob MacRae, Chairman of the RAF Association's Newark and District Branch, Station Officer Geoff Burton, Corporal Joel Pickering, Sergeant Chris Bullen and Ailsa Gough, RAF Association Area Director of the South East and Eastern Area. (11795107)

Bob MacRae, Chairman of the RAF Association Newark and District Branch, said: “Chris and Joel’s superhuman efforts are hugely appreciated. We’ve made sure they will be supported during their marathon snooker session upstairs at the club with volunteers and refreshments, and wish them all the best.”

Chris and Joel have set up a JustGiving page for their cause, to donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joel-pickersgill1984?utm_id=22

The RAF Association is inviting volunteers to adjudicate the world record attempt in four hour shifts.

For more information, visit https://www.rafa.org.uk/snooker-marathon/



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