The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Squashed: Mark breaks world record

- Graham brown

Angus man Mark James smashed a world squash record in a gruelling weekend endurance event.

In a fundraiser for a Kenyan orphanage project, squash profession­al and masters internatio­nalist Mark, 48, played 78 matches in 22 strengthsa­pping hours to shatter the previous record of 69 matches over 32 hours.

Through the squashatho­n he hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the Nyumbani project for HIV orphans, which is an internatio­nal charity his mother is closely involved with.

Training – which included countless hours on court and a walk from Montrose to Banchory and back – paid off for the former military PT trainer in the Montrose sports centre.

He played the first shot at 9pm on Friday night and was allowed just a fiveminute break every hour en route to the record.

Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/markjames8­1066.

 ??  ?? Mark on his way to breaking the record and helping the orphanage project.
Mark on his way to breaking the record and helping the orphanage project.
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Pictures: Paul Reid.

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