Ping ponging into the record books

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AS a boy, Steven Randell dreamed of starring in the history books for breaking a world record.

Now that dream is on the cusp of reality as he and close pal Chris Daffin each try to claim the global title for the longest control of a table tennis ball with a table tennis bat – currently a wrist-aching four hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds.

Chris Daffin and Steven Randell attempting world record keeping up a table tennis ball

Chris Daffin and Steven Randell attempting world record keeping up a table tennis ball

The unusual attempt on July 16 will boost the coffers of two causes close to the boys’ hearts, Cancer Research UK and Kidney Research UK, as well as hopefully putting Chesterfield on the map.

“From quite a young age it’s always been my ambition to smash a world record,” said Steven (23), of Brimington.

“My mum used to buy me The Guinness Book of World Records every year and this time I decided to make it my new year’s resolution.

“I was having a flick through and this one stuck in my mind as well as being quite achieveable, although it’s a lot harder than it looks.

“It appealed to me as I am never going to be the most tattooed man or grow the longest fingernails in the world.

“Hopefully we’ll raise lots of money for our charities and bring home a world record for Chesterfield.”

In the challenge, the confident friends will try to keep a table tennis ball in the air – and off the floor – at a squash court in Queen’s Park Sport Centre, which has provided a venue free of charge.

It must be filmed for evidence after Guinness gave the green light, with no toilet or refreshment breaks, while spectators watch and fundraising takes place with an as-yet undecided forfeit in case of failure.

But luck is on their side as Chris, (22) and also from Brimington, is a former junior table tennis champion.

Chris said: “When Steven asked me I thought it was a great idea – let’s go for it.

“So far I’m up to a couple of hours and trying to increase that by a bit each time.

“The hardest thing about it is the concentration, you can’t have a lapse or it could all go wrong.”

To sponsor Steven visit www.justgiving.com/ttrecordattempt and Chris at www.justgiving.com/Daffin1605.