Six hardy souls from Bognor Regis Cricket Club went the extra mile for a fundraising effort – by playing a mammoth four rounds of golf in a single day.
Vice-chairman Andy Lee, first team captain Ryan Maskell, Mikey Harris, Scott Bingham, chairman Bernie Burns and Simon Love swapped bats for clubs for the epic challenge.
It all started before the sun had even risen over Bognor Regis Golf Club in Downview Road, Felpham.
But fuelled by coffee and bacon rolls, the two trios teed off and the gruelling challenge was underway.
More than 12 and a half hours, 39,000 steps and 25 miles later, the stoic six completed the challenge, raising £2,000 plus gift aid of £415 to be given equally to Cancer Research UK and Bognor Regis Cricket Club.
Bognor Regis Cricket Club chairman Bernie Burns said: “We couldn’t think of a better way to raise money for two great causes very close to my heart.
“Our fundraising consisted of spamming our friends, colleagues, family, cricket club members and loved ones for donations.
“We started our challenge at 5.30am nervous about what was to come, by the end of the fourth round later that evening we were all contemplating doing another round for the sake of it.
“Perhaps next year we will do five rounds in one day!
“To say we had fun would be an understatement.
“Personally, it is my top golfing memory and I do not see anything beating it.
“We are absolutely delighted to have raised £1,000 plus £207.50 gift aid for Cancer Research UK. Seventy two holes, one day and some funds for life saving research – absolutely brilliant!”
Burns and the rest of the cohort were keen to thank the golf club for donating the use of their facilities and also to the dozens of people who donated funds.
Half of the money will also support the cricket club, which is based in Hawthorn Road and runs three Saturday sides, a women’s team, a Sunday friendly team and a midweek XI. The junior section runs teams from under 9 to under 16.
Burns said the cash would help fund much-needed equipment and to pay for coaching and development of the club’s juniors, women and men players.
He added: “We welcome everyone in the community to play cricket.”