Mark James has broken another world record! On August 27th Mark and Mark Boydell broke the Guinness world record for the longest singles squash marathon. The Scottish duo played straight for 45 hours, two minutes and 50 seconds, besting the previous record of 38 hours and 27 seconds set by Len Granger and Jamie Barnett, at Barnt Green Sports Club in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, between September 4 and 5, 2015. The marathon took place at Montrose Sports center, with the men playing from Friday at 3pm to Sat at noon.
We first covered Mark back in May when we posted about his previous Nyumbani fundraisers, both involving squash and world records. He is squash professional and a Masters internationalist. Mark is also the son of one of Nyumbani’s great friends Alison Stedman. Mark Boydell is a Montrose squash team player, former Royal Marine, local martial arts instructor and the current national coach of the Scottish Taekwon-Do team.
Funds raised during the squash marathon are to be donated to Nyumbani and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service charity, Operation Florian for earthquake victims in Nepal. The breaking of the record marks is special for Nyumbani as it marks the beginning of Nyumbani’s 25th celebration. Mark is planning to walk from Nyumbani Village to Nyumbani Home in Kenya next year to arrive on the 25th Foundation Day.
We are very grateful to Mark James for continuing to support Nyumbani in unique ways, combining a love for squash and giving back.
Thank you Mark and we can’t wait to see what you do next!
To follow in the footsteps of Mark, give back to Nyumbani here.