Portsmouth pub’s million-point darts challenge is a big success

ON  TARGET Landlord Steve Welch at The Royal
ON TARGET Landlord Steve Welch at The Royal
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PROFESSIONAL and pub players successfully completed a 72-hour darts challenge, raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

The marathon effort was held at The Royal pub in Commercial Road, Portsmouth in aid of Help For Heroes and Cancer Research UK.

Organised by landlords Allen Wilton and Steve Welsh, participants reduced the starting score of 1,000,0001 down to zero in 71 hours and 40 minutes, throwing an incredible total of 64,049 darts.

‘It started off slow and then all of a sudden interest started picking up and we ended up with 15 people queuing up to play,’ said Allen, 44.

Both Steve and Allen are ex-servicemen and some of their regular customers have been diagnosed with cancer which inspired them to raise the money for the two charities.

As the halfway point neared on Saturday evening, the team had not reached 500,000.

‘I thought “are we going to do this or aren’t we”,’ added Allen.

‘But players came in from the Admiral Drake pub and we got back on track.’

Just over £750 was raised at the event which began at 8pm on Friday, March 27 and continued throughout the weekend.

The amount, which was made up of contributions from attendees and fines for players that hit less than 11 on a single throw, will be split between the two charities.

As well as the main dart board where the scores were recorded, there were two additional boards where attendees could play against professional players.

The landlords are keen to hold events throughout the coming year and are searching for other charities that want to use their pub as a venue.

The pub has been asked to repeat the darts marathon by the professional players that attended the marathon and is planning to hold the next event in December.