Corporal Joel Pickersgill and Sergeant Chris Bullen
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Deep Pockets: Forces Snooker Players Break Longest Game World Record

The two forces snooker players have raised more than £1,000 for a military charity in the process.

Corporal Joel Pickersgill and Sergeant Chris Bullen

The two servicemen met at RAF Odiham (Picture: RAF).

Two forces snooker enthusiasts have broken the world record for the longest game of snooker ever played.

Sergeant Chris Bullen and Corporal Joel Pickersgill played snooker continuously for 87 hours and 33 minutes at the Royal Air Forces Association’s Gateway Club in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

They have raised more than £1,000 for a military charity, the RAF Association, in the process.

The two friends, who met at RAF Odiham eight years ago and bonded over their love for the game, started playing on Wednesday 5 June at 10am and did not stop until 1:33am on Sunday 9 June.

The previous record for the longest snooker singles marathon was 85 hours, 19 minute and four seconds.

Sergeant Chris Bullen and Corporal Joel Pickersgill
The pair said they wanted to thank everyone who helped with their challenge (Picture: RAF).

Cpl Pickersgill emerged victorious, beating his friend by 118 games to 48. No rematch is planned.

"This was without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but it was something I planned to do for years, and it’s a great feeling being a record breaker," he said.

Over the course of the marathon session, the pair played 166 consecutive frames, potting more than 7,000 balls.

The Guinness World Record rules allowed Chris and Joel a five-minute break every hour, and these were accrued to give them precious nap breaks. Sgt Bullen said:

"We had originally planned to play for 100 hours, but after nearly four days of non-stop play and after breaking the 85-hour record, we were both exhausted and decided to call it a night."