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Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club

Guinness World Record Holders

For little while anyway. This record has now been bettered. A remarkable achievement.

   

Over the August bank holiday (Sunday 24th to Monday 25th 2014) I spent some time at Finstall Park, the home ground of Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club. I arrived after the 12.15pm kick off at around 14.00 to watch the World record attempt at the worlds longest rugby match which I believe previously stood at 24hrs 50 minutes. The game was hotly contested between the ‘Boars’ in black shirts and the ‘Barbarians’ wearing red shirts. I say ‘hotly contested’ because I was staggered at the pace at which the players were playing and wondering if they could keep it up for such a long time.
As I said, the game started at 12.15pm according to the match officials and I stayed on the touchline for approximately 2 hrs then returned home.
I returned to Finstall Park at around 11.30am on the Monday morning (25th) to watch the remainder of the match which was still, much to my surprise going at a remarkable pace despite aching limbs and the players having endured some pretty awful weather conditions during the night. Spirits appeared to be high with the ‘finish line’ in sight. As time progressed, news filtered out to the large crowd that the match was going to go on till 14.15 so as to not just beat the existing record but to “Smash It”.
As the clock ticked down towards the 26th hour you could see the team’s spirits rise even further and they continued to play hard and score tries knowing the end was close. I ached just to think what these guys were going through.
The cheering was led by co organisers Clare Foster and Jo Pitt and the closing minutes were called out. A sense of anticipation grew around the ground and the cheers grew louder as the ten seconds to go count down rang out. 14.15 arrived and the match came to an emotionally charged end. Supporters, players, wives, girlfriends and children gathered round to be photographed with the now exhausted but elated players, it was quite something to witness.
I am extremely proud of the achievment and the sacrifice these players and the support team made for their chosen Charity ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’. I’m also proud that it was a selfless act of shere endurance by members of Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club but there shouldn’t be any surprise in that.
I hope my statement will help you in deciding that these rugby players genuinely set a new Guinness World Record. Thank you for your time.

Anon

"my new hip has never felt better, but lost every single toe nail afterwards."

Dave Clark
Former Bromsgrove captain
Guinness World Record Player

 

"my thumbs still hurt!"

Anna Curnow, head Physiotherapist BRFC

I am a plant operator and semi professional rugby player at Cambridge Rugby Club, I was previously a player at Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club from the age of 12 years old.

Due to my playing for Cambridge RFC, I was unable to take part in the attempt on the pitch as I could not risk injury.  I was therefore really keen to be involved in the attempt in another capacity so when I was asked to be a Steward, I was more than happy to accept the role. 

Before the attempt, the organisers gave me a copy of the relevant rules which I read in advance.  Then on the day of the attempt before I started my stint as a steward, another of the officials, Clare Foster, who had been involved in organising the attempt briefed me on the key rules, as well as the processes being employed by the stewards to record and document that we were complying in full with the rules.

My role as steward commenced at 8pm on Sunday 24 August 2014, although I had been watching for the previous 7 hours and 45 minutes. By this time, there had been two serious injuries so we were down to 44 players in total, 21 for the red team the Barbarians and a full team of 23 for the black team, the boars.  During the time I spent on duty I observed all of the remaining players take part in the attempt. 

There were two stewards on duty at all times, one recording the substitutions and one recording the scores and scorers.  I took on the task of logging all of the scores, the timing of the scores and who they were scored by.

There was a specific process in operation to recording of scores.  This involved watching the match and confirming with the assistant referee who was linked to the referee as to who had scored and for which team.  In conjunction with the time keepers I would then record the time of the score, the type of score ie try, conversion or penalty and which player had scored.

After 4 hours, Sophie Wellington took over from myself.   We spent 10 minutes or so handing over so that she understood what was needed and I was then free to watch the game as a spectator.  At 4am on the 25th August, I took over again from Sophie and carried out the role of steward for a further 2 hours and 27 minutes.

I would like to extend my congratulations to the players, the team managers and everyone that was involved in the attempt.  It is something I am proud to say I was involved in.

I am willing to be contacted by the Guinness World Records to discuss any details regarding the attempt. 
 
 
I am a registered nurse, but my volunteer role is as the Manager of the  2nd XV team at Bromsgrove Rugby Club, a role that I have held for over 3 years.   This involves co-ordinating the second team in terms of player registration and organisation for match day.  I am also the fixtures secretary for the senior club and previously the junior club which I have done for over 6 years.
When Ian Riley and Clare Foster asked me to be involved in the GWR attempt at the longest game of rugby, I was did not hesitate to accept although I’m not sure I realised how much of a task it would be at first!!
Clare and I felt it would be good if we could work as a team as the role would have been too much for just one person and we did not want to risk making any mistakes.  Clare and I brainstormed what we felt would be needed to run this attempt successfully from a paperwork point of view based on our experience with Bromsgrove RFC 1st and 2nd teams.  We met on a daily basis to ensure we had everything covered in advance of the attempt and tried to think of all possible eventualities.
When the day arrived Clare and I were at the Club early to register all the players, taking all of their details and noting them appropriately.  It was also important to get a signed disclaimer from each person in case of injury, a task that was duly completed.  I dealt with any queries the players had before the event started.
At 12.15 pm the match started off.  I was amazed at how many people were there to support the attempt and more importantly the charity and how enthusiastic everyone was. 
Clare and I felt it was important that we undertook the first time slot for the stewarding to ensure that what we had put in place actually worked and that we would then be able to show the others and answer any questions they may have had.  Fortunately, everything worked well and once we had relaxed in to the roll, it became quite enjoyable!  Clare and I stewarded for the first 4 hours and 15 minutes from 12.15 pm until 4.30 pm.  We undertook both the scoring duty and recording the substitutions.  Both processes were helped by all players leaving and entering the pitch via the gate which was immediately in front of the stewards desk, the person who scored the try took the conversion, the fact that the refs were wired up and could confirm the scores and the scorers and finally the fact that both team managers were well briefed with what their duties were.  During this first shift, I also ensured that the timekeepers were doing their roles properly and that all volunteers had signed the appropriate paperwork.
Once my shift had come to an end, it was taken over by Dave and Charlotte Wellington.  I was able to brief them as to the process and made sure that they spend some time watching Clare and I before they formally took over.
Once we had handed over the reigns to Dave and Charlotte, it became apparent that my skills as a nurse would probably come in handy over the next 20+ hours as the players were starting to feel the strain of playing for such a prolonged period.  I ensured players got warm and dry when they came off the pitch, drank and ate plenty and got some sleep before heading back on to the pitch again.  I believe this really helped the players.
Clare and I were also responsible for ensuring that the end of the match was appropriately timed, to maximise our chances of gaining the World Record.  We calculated the number of stoppages and also ensured that the players played a little longer than necessary, to make absolutely sure that the playing time exceeded that of the last record holders.
When the match finished, at 2.15 pm on the 25th August, I couldn’t believe the emotions that we went through.  The elation at what we had just done could not be put in to words.  The effort by everyone from the players through to the supporters was unbelievable and it has been fantastic to be a part of it.
 
I am a Quantity Surveyor at Wates Construction, but my volunteer role is as the Manager of the  1st XV team at Bromsgrove Rugby Club, a role that I have held for over 9 years.   This involves co-ordinating the first team in terms of player registration and organisation for match day.  I am also responsible for managing the 1st XV budget (c £85k) and player sponsorship.  I used to play rugby myself, but injury prevented me from continuing, am a qualified coach, referee and run touch at level 5 fixtures on a weekly basis.  I am also assistant manager of North Mids U20’s, all of which is a purely voluntary role.
When Ian Riley asked me to be involved in the GWR attempt at the longest game of rugby, I was delighted to accept.  I saw this as a real and worthwhile challenge, particularly as it was to support the Charity Scotty’s Little Children.
In order to understand the full remit of the role, I read the very comprehensive book of rules entitled ‘Evidence required’ and discussed these requirements at length with the main organisers.   It was of the greatest importance that I was completely familiar with what was required from beginning to end.   Along with Sophie Wellington, we became known as the two ‘gurus’ of the rules! 
Early on in the process, we decided that the best approach was to allocate specific tasks to each individual so that they could get on with the organisation of the event outside of the constraints of normal working life.   It was important that each individual was clear about their specific remit, could progress it without encumbrance, but with the clear demand that progress was regularly reported at the frequent team meetings so that everyone was kept up to speed with how the organisation was progressing overall.
My role was to oversee everything that could be considered ‘the administration’.  Firstly I had to think through exactly how the administration of the match was going to work, and then in response to that I prepared the documentation that I considered was necessary if the rules were to be followed to the ‘letter of the law’ and we were to evidence everything properly.  The documentation that I designed was (1) the score card, (2) the replacements log, (3) the witness sign in sheet and (4) the activity log.  I circulated these prior to the event to get feedback on them, and also so that everyone was familiar with them and knew what to do with them.  
I then set about recruiting sufficient stewards and timekeepers to ensure that the entire match from beginning to end was appropriately covered.  I thought this task would be particularly onerous, but in fact, I was able to call on a large number of people who gave their time willingly and generously.
When the day arrived I was at the Club early as I had a set of duties that I needed to discharge.  Firstly I had to register all the players, taking all of their details and noting them appropriately.  It was also important to get a signed disclaimer from each person in case of injury, a task that was duly completed.  Secondly, I had to ensure that everything was in order to ensure that the playing of the match could go ahead, and that was largely around ensuring that the team of referees and linesmen were fully briefed and understood the rules.
At 12.15 pm the match started off.  The atmosphere was fantastic with a large crowd and the lads playing a good standard of rugby.   It was such a great feeling that after all the preparation work the game was finally underway.   There was such a positive vibe around the place, and everyone felt very upbeat about the chances of gaining the World Record. 
It was important that I undertook the first of the stewarding duties, which I duly did with Jo Pitt who is the Club’s Fixture Secretary.  That way I was able to ensure that the processes worked efficiently and could iron out any wrinkles that may have occurred.  As it was, it was all pretty much plain sailing and the processes worked well.  Jo and I stewarded for the first 4 hours and 15 minutes from 12.15 pm until 4.30 pm.  We undertook both the scoring duty and recording the substitutions, using the forms that I had designed and printed for the occasion.  Both processes were helped by (1) all players leaving and entering the pitch via the gate which was immediately in front of the stewards desk, the person who scored the tried took each conversion, the fact that the refs were wired up and could confirm the scores and the scorers and finally the fact that both team managers were well briefed with what their duties were.  During this first shift, I also ensured that the timekeepers were doing their roles properly and that all volunteers had signed the appropriate paperwork.
Once my shift had come to an end, it was taken over by Dave and Charlotte Wellington.  I was able to brief them as to the process and made sure that they spend some time watching Jo and I before they formally took over.
Although I didn’t undertake another shift, I stayed around the stewards tent until the match was finished.  I felt a real responsibility to ensure that everything was done properly and that everyone was aware of their role and knew exactly what to do.  I ensured that the Witnesses were in attendance at the allotted times and that they signed the appropriate paperwork. I was also there in case of any emergencies, both on the pitch but also in respect of the administration.  There were a couple of injuries early on in the match, but nothing else untoward.
Jo and I were also responsible for ensuring that the end of the match was appropriately timed, to maximise our chances of gaining the World Record.  We calculated the number of stoppages and also ensured that the players  played a little longer than necessary, to make absolutely sure that the  playing time exceeded that of the last record holders.
When the match finished, at 2.15 pm on the 25th August, I was absolutely elated!  The atmosphere was amazing, there was tremendous support and a real party atmosphere which really helped carry the lads through the last hour.  It was very emotional, largely I think because everyone was so tired, but also so amazed at the level of the achievement.  I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences that I have had in rugby terms and the camaraderie that grew up between the players and the volunteers was nothing short of fantastic and some new friendships have been forged.
 
   
   


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National 3 Midlands

Congratulations Scunthorpe and Hinckley (after the play off vs Wirral) on gaining promotion to National 2.

Pos Club P W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
1 Scunthorpe 26 23 0 3 766 343 423 14 2 108 C
2 Hinckley 26 22 1 3 790 343 447 16 2 108P
3 Old Halesonians 26 18 0 8 630 408 222 13 6 91
4 Peterborough Lions 26 15 0 11 593 464 129 10 4 69
5 Nuneaton 26 14 0 12 573 463 110 8 5 69
6 Syston 26 13 0 13 538 562 -24 11 4 67
7 Birmingham & Solihull 26 13 0 13 500 475 25 8 6 66
8 Longton 26 11 1 14 530 577 -47 12 3 61
9 Bromsgrove 26 12 0 14 559 670 -111 8 3 59
10 Sandbach 26 11 0 15 546 591 -45 9 4 57
11 Lichfield 26 9 0 17 600 683 -83 12 7 55
12 Old Northamptonians 26 9 0 17 498 702 -204 6 7 49 R
13 Newport (Salop) 26 8 0 18 451 738 -287 6 0 38 R
14 Sutton Coldfield 26 3 0 23 412 967 -555 3 4 19 R

 

   

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