Ripon’s record breakers - longest game played by team

Double transplant patient Maggie Cowman enjoys a coffee break during the successful world record attempt to play the longest game of croquet.
Double transplant patient Maggie Cowman enjoys a coffee break during the successful world record attempt to play the longest game of croquet.
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Ripon has a record breaking team.

Members of Ripon Croquet Club, led by double transplant patient Maggie Cowman have succeeded in their bid to play the longest game of croquet.

The team of eight kept the game in the grounds of Ripon Spa Hotel, going for a gruelling 48 hours to make it into the record books and raise thousands for charity.

Maggie, who came up with the idea said they were delighted and hoped to reach their target of £5,000 for the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association which supports transplant patients.

The team started their marathon game at 6am on Monday, August 15, playing two hour slots until they broke the record at 6am on the Wednesday.

Maggie, who used to work for the police in Chapeltown before her transplant just over a year ago said croquet had changed her life.

“Joining the Croquet Club has given me a new lease of life. It combines my love for competitive sport with the opportunity to be out in the fresh air, taking gentle exercise and improving my strength.

“But above all else I have been made to feel so welcome by all the members.”

Founding member of the club and Managing Director of the Ripon Spa Hotel, Samantha Thompson said it had been a pleasure to be able to support Maggie and the members in their record breaking game.

To help the team reach their fundraising target log onto www.just-giving.com/maggie-cowman