Newcastle Australia Petanque Club has just recieved official confirmation that they have been successful in setting a new guinness world record for the longest petanque marathon. The record is 27hours 30minutes by members of Newcastle Petanque Club at the kotara McDonald's restaurant, New South Wales, Australia on 24-25 January 2004.
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By Jim Ayre
In setting the record we were successful in our other aims as well . These were getting Television Newspaper and radio exposure for our sport and raising money for the Newcastle childrens hospital ( over $5000 was raised by supporters and sponsers).
We also had a lot of fun during the event and found it to be a great way to kick start our petanque year as a club. To set the record we had 16 players playing two matches for the duration of the event plus a support staff of over 40 club members.
Plus the support of McDonalds who kindly let us build courts in their carpark and donated food and coffee for the duration of the event.
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