take time out to become record-breaking rugby fans
Mercury story, February 19, 2004
Hundreds of students and rugby fans
have guaranteed their place in the record books - by doing exactly what they
A total of 844 people gathered at the Tigers' Welford Road ground in a bid to
mount the biggest drinking 'boat race'.
They lined up in the Alliance and Leicester stand in front of more than 1,000
half-pints of Tiger's Best Bitter.
They then each took it in turns to down their drinks, taking more than three
hours to complete the challenge - all under the watchful eye of world-record
Now organisers have received official confirmation that they have smashed the
previous record, set in March 2002.
They also received a certificate to commemorate the event and to inform them
of their entry into the famous Guinness Book of World Records.
A Guinness spokesman said: "We congratulate them on their new record.
It's quite an unusual achievement.
"We would certainly be interested in seeing if they want to break their
own record this year."
Tigers stars Lewis Moody and Neil Back joined the University of Leicester and
De Montfort University teams in May to set the record for the most people
lining up to down a drink in turn.
It took place before the annual varsity match between the two universities in
May last year.
They smashed the previous record set by Bath University's Maths Society, when
they gathered 729 students to line up to drink in turn.
Jonathan Phillips, 22, current captain of the De Montfort team, said: "It
was a great day for both spectators and players."
James Weaver, 21, was captain of the University of Leicester team, which lost
30-25 on the day. He said: "It was a great day - except for the final
result - but everyone did have a superb time."
Jim Overend, Tigers' community development manager, said: "There aren't
many people around who can say they are record breakers, even though it's for
About £200 was raised through ticket sales and was later donated to the NSPCC
This year's match will raise funds for the Wooden Spoon Society, which helps
disadvantaged local children.
It takes place on May 7, when the University of Leicester ladies' team will
take on De Montfort's ladies at 6pm.
The men's game will start at 7.30pm. For tickets call 08701 283430.
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