Mirus IT sets sights on five-a-side football record

Training well underway as Mirus IT attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ever game of five-a-side football

A team of staffers at Bucks-based HP and VMware partner Mirus IT are currently gearing up to undertake a mammoth 72 hour game of five-a-side football that will break the current official Guinness World Record – held by an Irish team – by almost an entire day.

Besides bringing the record to glamorous Milton Keynes, Mirus IT is also fundraising for local charity organisation, the MK Community Foundation, which funds local children and youth charities, and has set itself a £10,000 goal.

Mirus IT founder and MD Paul Tomlinson said the company had been inspired to shoot for an official World Record by an employee who had held the record for the longest game of pool, but had wanted to do something a bit more inclusive.

So far, the 16-strong team has been training for four hourly sessions on a weekly basis, with one 24-hour game already completed in November. Come Easter weekend, Tomlinson told MicroScope, “we are estimating that each will play approximately 50 hours over the course of the three days.”

Official Guinness rules fortunately allow for breaks – of five minutes every hour – which Tomlinson said can be banked for longer sessions if wanted.

Mirus IT has already signed up Autotask as a key sponsor, and a number of customers are on board to act as witnesses and referees to ensure that all off Guinness’ stringent rules and regulations are adhered to. Tomlinson added that he was still looking for more referees to share the workload, as well as cheerleading squad to keep up motivation levels.

Partners, customers and even peers are still welcome to sign up to sponsor the event, which will begin on 18 April.

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