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Marathon men trying to beat rugby record

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Organisers of a 26-hour rugby match hope to break a world record and raise £50,000 for charity.

The game, at Leicester Tigers' Welford Road stadium, involves a team put together by charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, taking on members of the armed forces.

The game kicked off at 11am yesterday and was due to end between noon and 1pm today.

Organiser Nikki Scott, who founded the national charity, said: "Our original aim was to raise £20,000 but, before kick-off, we already had £40,000 through sponsorship, which is amazing. We'd love to reach £50,000.

"The charity was set up to support the children who have lost parents who were serving in the armed forces – those killed on tour, but also people who died from illnesses or accidents.

"Our aim is to ultimately set up lots of holiday homes.

"We've got members of the armed forces from all over taking part in the game, including two lads from regiments in Germany and others who have come from Cornwall, Wales and Essex.

"The plan is to get to 26 hours to beat the previous record of just over 24 hours."

The current world record for the longest game of rugby union is held by Congleton Rugby Club and is for just over 24 hours.

See Monday's paper for more pictures of the event and to find out how the players got on

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