Sport-mad Darryl smashes his way into the record books

Darryl Gilmore, who holds the world record for playing squash continuously.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (113746-1)
Darryl Gilmore, who holds the world record for playing squash continuously. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113746-1)

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Darryl Gilmore took his body to the limit for a good cause – and for that he is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

The 28-year-old smashed his way into the Guinness World Records last month after playing 30 hours of non-stop squash at HMS Excellent on Whale Island, Portsmouth.

The feat saw Darryl, a lance-corporal for the Military Provost Guard Service at HMS Excellent, raise more than £700 for Help for Heroes.

He originally set his sights on achieving the record number of doubles squash hours played in one sitting with fellow lance-corporal Dan Elam.

But Dan, 37, pulled out after 21 hours due to injury - and the pair missed out on that world record by three hours.

Darryl continued playing for a further nine hours alone, beating the previous non-stop squash playing record of 24 hours for a solo person.

Darryl, from Kendal Avenue, Copnor, said: ‘All I kept thinking at the end of it was ‘‘where is my bed?’’ My legs were so stiff and my right arm and hand were swollen from where I had been holding my racket.

‘I feel really proud of what I’ve achieved, and I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who has helped me out with fundraising.

‘It means a lot to me knowing that I’ve now got a place in history.’

Darryl added: ‘In April I’m hoping to do another world record attempt. I’m hoping to get a five-a-side team together and have a crack at beating the 40-hour record for the longest football match.’