Cromer players complete 24-hour charity tennis marathon

Ten tireless tennis players watched the sun rise as they served up more than 800 games during a 24-hour marathon for a good cause.

The members of Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association on Norwich Road hope to have raised more than �2,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance after the courageous contest.

Each player managed at least 20 hours of tennis time, with most doing eight hours without a pause during the night.

They achieved their aim of keeping two doubles matches going for the full 24 hours, rotating players in and out giving them a chance to rest between sets.

Their games were mixed up, including a 4am coaching session and playing with different coloured balls, in a bid to keep them on their toes.

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James Broughton, who was working at the club during the marathon challenge, said: 'They completed it all, from 2pm on Friday to 2pm on Saturday.

'They were pretty lucky with the weather. It was sunny during the day and there was no wind at night. They enjoyed watching the sun rise.'

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Mr Broughton said they were 'all pretty tired', and added: 'The adrenaline got them through the last hour.'

Before the challenge Danny Holdom, manager of the club and one of the players, said they would be kept going by energy drinks and a 'bit of food', while there were camp beds in the function room.

He said: 'It's obviously just such a good cause and we thought it was a charity we should be giving to.'

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