LET’S ALL DO THE CONGA
It isn’t every day that you can watch a world record attempt at Guildford Spectrum athletics stadium. Well this Saturday as a pre-curser to the Guildford City versus Epsom & Ewell football match which kicks-off at 3pm, both clubs charity partners will be uniting in an attempt to break the world record for the longest distance travelled by a conga line!!
The “performers” involved in this record attempt are volunteers from two local learning disability charities; Guildford City’s charity partner The Halow Project and Epsom & Ewell’s charity partner Mid Surrey Mencap.
The record conga attempt is the brainchild of Mid Surrey Mencap fundraiser (and Epsom and Ewell FC treasurer) Steve Dyke. He explains “The idea came to me during one of our Mencap social events when we were having a very long raffle. I wondered out loud whether we were creating a record for the longest ever raffle and that night I decided to look it up. There is actually no raffle record but my researches uncovered the current longest conga record which is 5.4 kilometres or 3.5 miles. One of the good things about this event is it shows how local non-league football clubs are at the heart of their communities and can be a force for good.”
To beat the existing record the volunteers will be aiming to cover 15 laps of the track or 6000 metres, and the action starts at 12 noon. Steve Dyke goes on to say “If Mo Farah could do the distance in about twenty minutes we are aiming to finish in about two hours in order to give us plenty of time to before the football match”. The event is being taken seriously by those taking part and Steve is amongst those who has been doing special conga and jogging training for the event.
Spectators are welcome and the football turnstiles will be opening earlier than usual. The bar and the refreshment kiosk will be open during the event. In addition copies of the match programme will be available and will include a feature page on the Conga event.
During the afternoon there will be a bucket collection on behalf of both Halow and Mid Surrey Mencap which will go to support services in the Guildford and Mid Surrey areas for children and young people with learning disabilities. In addition the Guildford City FC Committee has announced that at half-time of its match with Epsom & Ewell it will present a cheque for £100 to each of the participating charities.
As a final note we would like to wish everybody taking part in Saturday’s record attempt the very best of luck.
(The picture at the top of this page shows the Mid Surrey Mencap’s Children’s Playscheme which will be financially supported by the day’s event)