A group of fundraising footballers is waiting to see if their 54-hour five-a-side marathon will find its way into the record books.
The mammoth charity match, which was played on the Downham Academy’s multi-use games area at the weekend, is already thought to have raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.
The fundraiser was held in memory of Richard Grimes, of Nordelph, who died from pancreatic cancer last year, at the age of 50.
And son James, who organised the record attempt, said his father’s memory had been in his mind during the difficult moments.
“He always used to say to me that I always talked a good game but never saw anything through.
“I thought, ‘If you give up now that will just prove him right’.”
James estimated that around 200 people had turned out to support the players during the weekend, with around 50 present when the match ended early on Monday morning.
At that point, the crowd ran on to the pitch with bottles of champagne for all the players.
And James said their support had been crucial in keeping the record attempt on course.
“I couldn’t even run when there was no-one there. As soon as I saw people bringing us drinks and food, I said, ‘Get going, James’.”
Although money is still being collected, the team expect to have already raised around £4,000 for the Michelle Sherwood Cancer Fund. James’ friend Oliver Gray, who helped to organise the event, is Michelle’s nephew.
Around £300 was raised in a bucket collection at the game alone and an online donation page will also be set up to help boost the total further.
The team beat the previous record by one hour, but now have to wait several weeks for their feat to be verified by record keepers at Guinness World Records.
Two cameras recorded the attempt, while 200 action photographs and around 100 witness statements, together with an explanation of the reasons for the attempt have been submitted.
James said record attempts normally take between six and eight weeks to ratify.
He said they were hopeful, however. “We’re pretty confident it will be fine,” he said.