A marathon effort from Gadebridge

Gadebridge Junior Badminton Club 24-hour marathon
Gadebridge Junior Badminton Club 24-hour marathon

MORE than 80 people turned up throughout the day and night as Gadebridge Junior Badminton held a 24-hour badminton marathon to raise money for charity.

Players took to the court from 7pm on Friday to 7pm on Saturday – including Gazette sports reporter Adam Hull who played from midnight until 1am.

Gadebridge Junior Badminton club charity marathon. Chris Cannell, Lauren Blowman, Adam Hull and James Hull

Gadebridge Junior Badminton club charity marathon. Chris Cannell, Lauren Blowman, Adam Hull and James Hull

A number of hardy players stayed for the whole 24 hours, with three stalwarts staying awake for the entire session.

Dominic Hammond, Pierre Fouquet and Liz Bateman managed to last the full 24 hours without sleep, while Ruth Sutton, Glen Sharp, Max Ansell, Benedict Holzman, Aatish Dave, Grant Hall, Anushka Dave, Sue Rutson and Vinay Achavya also stayed for the duration.

So far, more than £350 has been raised, with sponsorship money still to be collected.

Meanwhile, in league action, the Gadebridge Mixed 1 side had a topsy turvy week as they were edged out by Harpenden, before thrashing Kings Langley.

Matches between Gadebridge and Harpenden tend to be closely-fought affairs, and the latest encounter was no different.

Richard Billing, Laura Godfrey,

Gerald Hanson, Carol Johnston, Hall and Bateman took to the court for Gadebridge, but they were edged out 5-4 by their Harpenden counterparts.

It was better news for Gadebridge against Kings Langley, though, as they secured a 9-0 whitewash in a one-sided local derby.

Mark Ellis came into the side to replace Hanson, but the change in personnel did not affect the rhythm of the team as they stormed to victory.