A bowler from the Banbury Chestnuts club has broken a Guinness World Record to raise the profile of bowls in the area and support the Help for Heroes charity.
Alan Wase, 69, completed a challenge on May 14 which saw him visiting eight different bowls clubs in a day using only public transport or travelling by foot; beating the previous record of seven.
Mr Wase, with the support of his marker John Duncan, also had to play five ends of singles with a bowler from each club.
The challenge saw the pair start at the first bowls green in Kidlington at 6am. They then visited Oxford City and County, Oxford University Press, Adderbury, Bloxham, Banbury Central and Borough before finishing at Banbury Chestnuts at about 4.30pm.
Mr Wase said: “It went really well, it was fantastic and luckily the weather was great too. It was very pleasurable – I had great support and all clubs co-operated really well.”
Mr Wase came up with the idea to raise the profile of bowls in the area and last September he contacted Guinness World Records to ask whether anyone had attempted to visit several clubs in a row. He then heard back that the existing record was seven; leaving him setting the goal at eight. In the run-up to the event he had to carefully study bus timetables and liaise with the clubs to ensure everything went smoothly on the day. As evidence, they also had to film the entire thing and have two witnesses to each game.
Mr Wase said: “It was something I’d never done before but I really wanted to promote the sport in the area. It’s great for all abilities as it requires skill but is not too strenuous – there are so many reasons why people should take part in it.”
Mr Wase was also keen to raise funds for Help for Heroes and more than £400 was raised for the charity.
For more information about the club, visit www.banburychestnuts.co.uk