Injuries and dehydration force Milton Keynes five-a-side record attempt to be abandoned

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A world record attempt to play five-a-side football for 72 hours non-stop had to be abandoned at the weekend.

Injuries meant the Mirus IT All Stars had to abandon the attempt at the Guinness World Record for continuous five-a-side football held at the Milton Keynes College Bletchley campus.

Those scheduled to take part had undergone a period of training in the weeks leading up to it. But unfortunately some sustained injuries during the process and had to be replaced at the last minute with valiant substitutes. Some of these were less prepared and found the going for such a gruelling record attempt too tough.

This resulted in cases of severe dehydration and a decision was taken, in the interests of safety, to call off the game.

Mirus IT founder, Paul Tomlinson, said: “We were really disappointed not to be able to finish the challenge but it was the only sane and sensible decision to take in the circumstances.

“However, this is not the end. We will be back to have another try and we’re still intent on raising £10,000 to help the MK Community Foundation set up projects around the city supporting children and young people through local voluntary and community organisations.

“The event involved more than 50 people including players, referees and witnesses so it was a big effort from a lot of people and I would like to thank every one of them for their contributions. We will now have a proper debrief to work out how we can come back fitter, stronger and better prepared later this year.”