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Hockey: England women break record for Sport Relief

March 19, 2010

The England ladies hockey team have done their bit for Sport Relief by becoming record-breakers. Six members of the squad took part in the challenge which saw them dribble with a stick and ball for a mile. The group finished in a time of four minutes, four seconds .

Full-GB-Hockey-Squad-Sport-Reading’s Laura Bartlett, Alex Danson and Emily Maguire and Leicester’s Crista Cullen, Hannah MacLeod and Kerry Williams were delighted to form the team that smashed the previous record of four minutes 12 seconds that was held by Svetlana Masterkova.

The team were cheered on by the rest of the England squad as they completed the mile – or 17.6 lengths of the pitch – in a relay format; each member dribbled half of the pitch before passing onto the next.

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Alex Danson said, “It was great fun doing the Sport Relief Mile in our own unique way.  We were ecstatic to break the world record but more importantly we are so happy we had the opportunity to do our small bit for such a great charity like Sports Relief.

It shows how anyone can take part and have a lot of fun, but best of all, it doesn’t have to just involve running!”

Crista Cullen added, “We’re at a very exciting stage of our preparations ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and it is nice to be able to take part in Sport Relief to benefit the young people of this country and others around the world, many of whom will hopefully be inspired by the Olympics.”

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile takes place Sunday 21st March. For more information on the race and other ways to raise money for Sport Relief visit www.sportrelief.com

Rachel Stansfield, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Neil Neville/EHB

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