A TEAM of fundraisers is looking to bowl its way into the record books with a 72-hour marathon match.

The six bowlers will be stepping up to the mat for the epic challenge in March and will again be showing support for the Meningitis Now as well as five other charities.

Last year Joe Wahnon and Danny Steadman organised an event at Greenhill Bowls Club in Weymouth that saw players from across Dorset come together to raise funds for Meningitis Now after being inspired by the health battle of nine-year-old Dorchester youngster George Patterson.

The event raised more than £1,500 and now the organisers are looking to take their efforts to the next level with a world record attempt that will see them attempt to raise £10,000.

As well as Meningitis Now, they will also be supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes, the Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Disability Bowls England.

Joe said: “We are aiming to raise as much as we can for charity and we are trying to break the world record for the longest game of bowls ever.”

The event will run from March 10 to March 12 at Moonfleet 2000 Indoor Bowling Club in Weymouth and, although the players will take stints with teams of two playing and two off at any one time, they will be unable to leave the rink during the match.

Joe said they will be streaming a live feed of the match on Facebook so people can follow their efforts online.

Joe is also taking on a charity weight loss at the same time to raise funds. He is aiming to lose three stone by February 1 and, around one month in, he has already lost more than two stone.

The event is being supported by the Riviera Hotel, which has offered to provide five free rooms for people coming down for the event, and it has offered Joe free use of facilities for his weight loss.

In the run up to the main event, a team of ten fundraisers will be walking in their onesies from Weymouth to Poole Park bowls club, around 21 miles away.

Joe is also keen to hear from anyone who is willing to volunteer to help out with the event, as to comply with the Guinness World Record standards everything has to be logged during the whole 72 hours.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved or making a donation can visit bowlsmarathon.com to find out more. You can also donate at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bowlsmarathon72