Longest marathon playing indoor bowls – Guinness World Record
The longest marathon playing indoor bowls is 40 hours and was achieved by Peter Harry, Rob Atkinson, Lyn Atkinson, Lorraine Missingham, Laurie Munro and Liz Munro (all Australia), at the Bridgewater Lake Estate Community Centre in Roxburgh Park, Victoria, Australia, between 17-19 April 2013. This was the team’s second attempt at breaking the record, having fallen short in an attempt the year before.
The record has been attempted more recently by Diss and District Bowls Club who completed 50 hours non-stop in February 2015 at Potters but it is not certain if this officially broke the record, as this is not listed on the Guinness World Records Site. They did however raise over £2500 for their chosen charity.
The attempt we are making has been officially lodged with Guinness World Records (Ref: 161014123027lmpi) and the format and rules of the record attempt is set out below:
- This record is for the longest time in to continuously play indoor bowls. This record is to be attempted by six bowlers.
- The measurement value is time in days, hours and minutes.
Rules for Longest marathon playing indoor bowls
- All pitches, courts, balls, equipment etc. must be standard and within the rules of the sport.
- Outside of rest breaks (see below), no other breaks are allowed such as those normally taken within the specific sports e.g. period-ending breaks such as half-time, or end changes in tennis. Play must be continuous and in accordance with competition rules.
- The game must be played in the spirit of the rules of the sport (i.e. there must not be any substantial pauses or discussions with umpires/referees in an attempt to gain rest and prolong the marathon).
- The team of six bowlers play as three pairs, changing one pair every hour. Due to there always being a pair of participants not actively playing, scheduled rest breaks as featured in other marathon record attempts are NOT permitted for this attempt.
- The participating bowlers must play against each other, and not against non-participants.
- Participants can play in any position and can change that position at any time during the attempt.
- A player can leave or enter play at any time in the game, according to the rules of the game and these Guinness World Records rules:
- Individuals cannot switch teams.
- The numbers participating in each team can go down to the minimum number allowed in the rules of the game. If the number in one team falls below that number the attempt is ended (e.g. if the number in a soccer team falls to seven or less, the game is abandoned).
- Once the event begins all the players must be present at the venue throughout the attempt. Players not involved in the play must be present at the courtside/pitchside throughout (except for five-minute comfort breaks). Food can be consumed at the courtside/pitchside. Sleeping bags, chairs, etc. can also be provided at the courtside/pitchside. Exemptions are made in the case of any participant requiring medical, or similar, assistance: absences of this nature must be recorded in the log book.
- No individual who was not present at the beginning of the attempt can participate at any time in the proceedings.
As you can see, this is a real challenge and we are aiming for 72 hours non-stop!
Wish us luck and please, please help raise awareness of our event and all donations are greatly appreciated!