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Lacrosse marathon

22 April 2009

Lacrosse sticks

A double Guinness World Record attempt for the longest male and female lacrosse games is taking place at the University.

Students from the University’s Lacrosse Club will take on Lacrosse Club alumni in a bid to beat the current world record for a lacrosse marathon which stands at eight hours and 16 minutes and is held by MetroLacrosse in America. If successful, it will be a new double world record as both the men’s and women’s teams are undertaking the challenge.

The attempt will take place on Saturday 25th April 2009 from 8am-8pm on parallel pitches at the University Sports Fields, Llanrumney.

Lacrosse Club President Jeremy Harris said: "The whole Club has been working hard towards this double World Record attempt for months. The players have been ensuring they keep their fitness up in the post-season, and we are all looking forward to the big day. We are confident we can break the records, but whatever happens, it promises to offer an impressive score-line."

"Aside from our clear core objective we hope to not only promote our terrific University, and the fabulous city at large in which we are based, but also the wonderful sport itself. Lacrosse remains a relatively unknown sport in the UK which is a great shame as it has enormous potential, not to mention its suitability for schools and the scope for young men and women to compete on the same field in a mixed version of the sport."

As well as breaking the world record, the players also hope to raise more than £25,000 for Right To Play (UK), an athlete-driven international humanitarian organisation that uses sport and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.