Rachel Clark and her ‘Team Clark’ fundraising team were celebrating a second world record victory at the beginning of June when they discovered a technical error that prevented them claiming the official record from Guinness. The team have vowed to return next year to break the record again and are appealing to the community to get behind them.
593 skittle players participated in the world record attempt for the most players in a continuous eight-hour game of skittles on Sunday 2nd June in the centre of Frome, despite unexpectedly bad weather. The record stood at 468 and the team were confident of another success to match their successful world record rowing challenge in 2018.
However, due to human error by the engineer hired to film the necessary video evidence, no footage of the event exists. Without this, Guinness cannot verify hat rules were followed and cannot award the record.
The event – organised by Frome Times Person of the Year 2018, Rachel Clark and her brothers, Matthew and Daniel – raised £1,710 for local cancer counselling charity We Hear You (WHY).
Rachel said, “I am upset and hugely disappointed. The support from our community this year was immense, my team and I did all we needed to do to ensure the event was a success and that we broke the record, which we did.
“Our skittle players, stewards and witnesses were incredible. Our record will not be official this year so I owe it to everyone that took part to return! We don’t give up on anything.
“The Independent market has invited us back next June and I will organise the event again, we’ll break the record and we’ll ensure it’s official!
“Site Eye were exceptional with our world record row and provided us with the 24hrs worth of footage we needed to secure the record. I have personally spoken to the company who have apologised and will be returning next year to ensure it is fully captured.
“We still raised vital funds and awareness for WHY and we will come back next year and break our own unofficial record! A huge thank you to everyone who took part or has sent me a message following the news. I promise it will be bigger and better next year.”
Lucy McMahon from We Hear You said:
“We want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported this event. Rachel Clark is understandably upset by this news. However, with true grit and determination, Rachel is not giving up. Thank you once again for all of you support, it has been hugely appreciated by us and Team Clark.”
Notification about next year’s world record, planned for 7th June 2020, will be circulated in the New Year.
For more information about We Hear You’s free professional counselling service for anyone affected by cancer or a life threatening condition, visit www.wehearyou.org.uk or call 01373 455255.