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Pair aim to dart into the record books

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

  • Paul Sweet (Left) and Chris Lewis (Right) at the end of the marathon

  • CHEQUE PRESENTED: Paul Sweet, Dr Amy Roy, Nikki Calder, Cathryn McCann (Brent Ward), Penny Woodman (Cancer Research UK) and Chris Lewis.

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LET'S play darts – the infamous words spoken by TV announcers to kick off what is usually a game lasting no more than a couple of hours.

But two Saltash men are hoping to have not only raised £4,000 for charity but to enter the record books by throwing arrows for more than 50 hours.

Chris Lewis and Paul Sweet are awaiting confirmation from Guinness for the World Record for the longest single marathon darts match after beating the current record by nine hours.

The pair also raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK and the Brent Ward at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

The Cecil Arms in Saltash hosted the match, which saw darts played for a staggering 50 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds and consisted of more than 700 games and eight scores of 180.

The pair took on the challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Derriford Hospital in memory of Chris's colleague from CSG Sealand, Des Spencer and also to show support to Mike Holman, landlord at the Cecil Arms, who underwent treatment last year at the Brent Ward at Derriford.

After the marathon Chris and Paul said: "We are immensely proud of what we have achieved and incredibly humbled by the love and support shown by our families, friends and the locals of the Cecil Arms.

"We hope the money will buy equipment to make not only the patients' time there a bit easier but also for their loved ones visiting."

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