St Mary's Centre
By Haddenham Webteam - 6th April 2015 2:30pm
Local darts enthusiasts completed a marathon dart-throwing session at the Sports & Social Club in Haddenham over the Easter weekend, with a continuous session that began at 3.00pm on Good Friday and concluded just after 11.00pm on Easter Sunday.
During their gruelling and continuous 56 hours of dart throwing, the team started at a count of 1,000,000 (yes, one million!) and gradually worked all the way down to zero
The event was staged in support of research for Prostate Cancer — the second most common form of cancer after female breast cancer and more common, even, than lung cancer. For more information, please see here.
Monies raised for prostate cancer charity at the moment stand at approximately £845 from direct fundraising activities over the Easter weekend, with an additional £315 raised via the dedicated make-a-donation webpage. This brings the running total so far to £1,160.
With outstanding sponsorship money still to come in, organisers would love to achieve a total of £2,000! Fingers crossed. Or if you want to do more than simply cross your fingers, please get you debit or credit card out and make a donation now — it's very easy: just click here.
As well as the main team, many extra people came in and paid to play — indeed, too many to mention individually, but Helen Lewis would like to highlight John Carnell, Noel Carnell and Phillip (Jock) Wilson who were three of the original team members who played in the last sponsored darts marathon in October 1977 and who also played over this Easter weekend 2015.
During this year's event, only two participants scored 180. Among these, Lawrance Hawes actually scored an amazing five-180s in total!
The one-million count-down marathon was ended on a double-one, scored by Gary McCaron.
Special thanks go to Alan Lewis, Ian Bamford and Niall Pritchard for organising and maintaining the momentum of this event.
Pictured at the start of the 2015 darts marathon are:
Alan Lewis, Ian Bamford, John Bryson, Tony Bamford, Dil Bamford, Gary Leach, Gareth Hill, Pete Timberlake, Richard Cartwright, Niall Pritchard, Paul McGuire, Simon Witney, Scott Phillips, Darren Gascoyne, and Lawrence Hawes.
The lower image shows a press cutting from the 1977 event (organised by Clarence Robinson), featuring:
Clarence Robinson, Jill Rose, Ted Lewis, Stuart Robinson, Gordon Clark, Don Robinson , Bob Makepeace, John Carnell, Peter Timberlake, Ali Lewis, Phillip Wilson, Noel Carnell, Des Lewis, Len Lewis and Frank O'Hare.
(Please click on either image to see an enlarged version).