Pair bid to beat badminton world record

Zak Crawford and Jacob Coe will be trying to beat a badminton record for Children in Need
Zak Crawford and Jacob Coe will be trying to beat a badminton record for Children in Need

Two Corby badminton players are hoping to beat the world marathon badminton record for Children in Need.

Zak Crawford, known in the town as a champion archer, and his badminton coach Jacob Coe will be making the attempt in November.

The existing record, which stands at 24 hours and five minutes, was set in the Netherlands in 2009 and the pair are hoping to beat it by playing for 25 hours.

The 18-year-olds are in training for the feat which they hope will raise hundreds of pounds for the charity.

In 2011 Zak smashed an archery world record and raised £1,500 for Children in Need in the process.

He took on the challenge of firing the highest number of arrows in a 24-hour period, and beat it almost twice over.

Zak shot 3,256 arrows, easily beating the previous record of 1,740.

Now, with his sights set on becoming a badminton champion after just four months playing the game, he’s hoping his next record-beating bid will be just as successful.

He said: “It’s going to be tough but it will be a worthwhile challenge for a good cause. We’ve been training hard running, cycling and building up our stamina and agility.

“We are still looking for a venue for the challenge and it would be great if local firms could sponsor us.”

Zak and Jacob, a qualified badminton coach who is studying at Tresham College in Corby, are also organising a fundraising event for fellow students at the Kettering campus to boost their fundraising total.

Anyone who can offer a venue and businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor the world record-beating bid can contact Zak on 07769 308199 or Jacob on 07702 892707.