Cancer charity wins after 19 hour March match

Macmillan FC at the start of the 19-hour football marathon.
Macmillan FC at the start of the 19-hour football marathon.

Fenland’s very own green army proved they were made of something special when they battled the elements in a marathon football match.

Just hours after the heavens opened and the downpours began on Friday afternoon, the Macmillan FC team embarked on a 24-hour sponsored match at the Gorefield playing field from 7pm.

But starting out with around 25 players, instead of 40 as first expected, the gruelling, wet conditions soon started to take their toll on the two spirited 11-a-side teams.

Team manager Justin Cross said: “From the outset we only had a couple of subs, and then, when a player was able to join us from finishing work or something, another would have to leave.”

The players fought through the pain barrier and lack of sleep, but by 2pm on Saturday the exhausted players were forced to call it a day after 19 hours of continuous play.

“By the end there were just three players aside,” said Mr Cross. “It was very, very tough going, but everyone did us so proud. It was an amazing achievement.”

So far, collected sponsorship money has reached £500, but Mr Cross is confident the effort will net at least £1,000 for Macmillan.

The event also included a disco inside the clubhouse on Saturday afternoon, and live music from Madness tribute act Cherry Reds that evening.

The team’s next big event will be a football game in memory of one of its players, Adrian Peck, who died from cancer in April. It will be held at Gorefield, again, from 2pm on Sunday, August 9. All welcome.