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Sleaford bowlers break world record with 60-hour continuous match

Six members of Sleaford & District Indoor Bowls Club (SDIBC) decided to raise money for charity but they wanted to do something different than the norm. They certainly did that!

L-R is Steve Cambers, Tom Clarke, Jon Shand, Dave Hocking (club president), Mike Baker, Paul Roberts, Adie Smith

Starting at 8am on the 28th September and finishing at 8pm on the 30th September, they attempted to break the Guinness world record for the longest indoor bowls match. They managed to drive through the pain barrier of sleeplessness and continuous bowling for 60 hours and they did it! Sleaford Team 60 broke the current world record of 52 hours which was held by a New Zealand club.

The team wanted to raise awareness of the sport, the club, and to raise money for charity. Namely Dogstar Foundation, a charity dedicated to the welfare of animals. The team are also passionate about improving the facilities for disabled bowlers at the club. Already the club facilities are good but these guys are aiming for excellence!

Bowling is a sport suitable for all the family – young and old alike. Free taster sessions are available so you can try before you commit. Free coaching is also offered. There are ample opportunities for casual and league bowling during the daytime or eventing – you can be kept as busy as you want! There are also lockers available at the club plus a licenced bar and coffee bar.
Thought to be a game for the retired indoor bowls holds many surprises. Ask your doctor and they will confirm how beneficial the gentle pace, together with the amble up and down the green, is good for your cardiovascular system. The game is so flexible and many mobility issues can be overcome. From bowl lifters to adapted wheelchairs!! The bowl sizes vary form junior range of wood up to the heavy weights that can be used by an accomplished player.

Newcomers to the sport of indoor bowls are being given a chance to get a taste of the game. The club is looking to extend its membership across age groups and everyone is welcome to the open days courtesy of Specsavers the clubs main sponsor. No experience is necessary. The next open days are scheduled for the 18th November and the 2nd December. You can call the club duty manager any day of the week on 01529 413755 for more information.

The Sleaford and District Indoor Bowls Club is located adjacent to the Sleaford Leisure Centre.

 6th November 2017

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