No gong at ping pong

sp91056   World record attempt at bouncing ping pong ball  l to r Chris Daffin,StevenRandell
sp91056 World record attempt at bouncing ping pong ball l to r Chris Daffin,StevenRandell

A DUO’s bid to break a world record was sadly not achieved.

But Steven Randell and Chris Daffin, both 23, have raised over £600 for charity after each trying 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.

Steven failed when the ball hit his T-shirt as he tried to retrieve painkillers from a pocket to beat back ache after an hour. Former table tennis junior champ Chris went for just over four hours until cramp set in.

“He was absolutely gutted because he’s done hours and hours in training – it wasn’t that he couldn’t do it, it was a mistake”, said Steven’s mum Monica Cunningham.

The Brimington pals’ attempt at Queen’s Park Sports Centre raised cash for Cancer Research UK and Kidney Research UK with money still coming in. Monica thanked the sports centre and people who provided ‘tremendous’ support on the day.

She added: “Steven is absolutely determined he’s going to get a world record, whether they’ll try this one again I don’t know. Chris, who was into table tennis, might like to get back into the sport again now.”