Moreton Hall Squash Club members took part in a Dusk Till Dawn Squash Marathon for cystic fibrosis research, played overnight.
Taking place last Friday and organised by coach Martin Levens, the players were competing with visiting teams from Nottingham, from 6pm until 6am, for prizes in a handicap event throughout the night and with a competitive atmosphere to the end.
The overall winner, Chris Lockwood, kept his game going right to the end to claim the main prize.
Winner of the first racket, at about midnight, was Alan Denton, and winner of the second racket, at about 3am, was event organiser Tim Smith.
John Rogers, the winner of the 19th place spot prize, claimed a lesson with club pro Martin Levens, which will hopefully give him a chance to gain a place in the winner’s enclosure next time.
The 19 players involved were aged from 15 to 60 plus, and stayed upbeat throughout the night.
Smith was amazed at the enthusiasm shown saying: “Everyone just stayed up for the challenge all night, no stress, no problems, just good fun squash through the night.”
The prizes were awarded by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Rob Everitt, who got up early in his robes to see them over the line at 6am on Saturday.
Support from local players, members and local business entrepreneurs meant the event has already raised £500 for the charity.
With club pro Levens taking on the Wainwright walks in August, and further money also coming in over the upcoming weeks, Moreton Hall squash members are remaining hopeful of being able to raise £2,000 before the end of August.
n Anyone wishing to support this charity can do so by visiting the just giving page at www.justgiving.com/Moreton-Hall-Health-Club-Squash.