Time to celebrate…

It’s Official! Wooden Spoon #ArcticChallenge team are Guinness World Records™ holders for the most northerly rugby match in history!

Nearly three months on from the epic expedition to the Magnetic North Pole, Guinness World Records™ have confirmed that Wooden Spoon have set the new world record for the most northerly rugby match in history! Former international rugby stars Tim Stimpson and Ollie Phillips captained two teams of brave individuals on a 62 mile trek, experiencing temperatures as low as minus 30◦C whilst playing the game at 78◦ latitude in order to achieve the record.

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, took on the challenge in order to raise £300,000 for disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK and Ireland. Arriving at the Magnetic North Pole exhausted, the group had the small task of setting up a rugby pitch on the Arctic ice, with posts erected and the perimeter of the pitch measured and marked all to World Rugby regulations as required by Guinness World Records™. #teamtim came out on top of a closely contested match with a 17-14 victory.

Barry Monahan, Chief Operating Officer at Wooden Spoon said; “It’s a phenomenal achievement. Wooden Spoon is now in the record books and we are ecstatic to be able to call ourselves world record holders.”

Ollie said; “It’s great all our hard work and dedication for Wooden Spoon has been officially recognised. We must carry this momentum forward and continue to raise money for a great cause.”

Wooden Spoon are sincerely grateful to sponsors LMAX Exchange and Quilter Cheviot for their commitment and help in achieving this prestigious accolade. In recognition of the amazing Arctic Rugby Challenge, please support the challengers in their continued efforts to raise £300,000. To donate, text code ARCT01 for £1, £2 or £5 to 70070.

To donate online visit mydonate.bt.com/events/arcticrugbychallenge2015 and for more information on the official Guinness World Record go to guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/79729-most-northerly-rugby-match

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