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After a concert at the University of Huddersfield the idea of creating a marching band to complete the full legnth of the 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon course was discussed by a few friends over a few beers! The morning after the Huddersfield University Marathon Band was created and work began to put the idea into practice. The band was formed by 19 students and one lecturer and renowned cornet soloist, Phillip McCann. The fantastic people at the charity SENSE agreed that they would give us the places in the Virgin London Marathon and the band set out raising as much money as they could for this great charity! On 13th April 2011 the Huddersfield University Marathon Band completed the full legnth of the Virgin London Marathon in 7 Hours 55 Minutes and raised £37,500 for SENSE. The time of 7 hours 55 minutes was a NEW Guinness World Record for the 'Fastest Marathon completed by a Marching Band'. Unfortunately, in 2012 the Guinness World Record was beaten by Musikverein Dohrgaul based in Germany.
Not deterred by the success of Musikverein Dohrgaul, the band came back to try and reclaim the Guinness World Record. This time it was decided to make the band open to people all across the UK, this meant a change of name to the Huddersfield Marathon Band. The 2014 Huddersfield Marathon Band was formed of 31 people ranging from 18-45 years old! The band completed the Virgin London Marathon in the time of 6 Hours 56 Minutes (nearly an hour off the original time!) and reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the 'Fastest Marathon Completed by a Marching Band'.
During this attempt the band gained many awards including; JustGiving- 'Creative Fundraiser of the Year', Sense- 'Powerful Partnership Award'. The band also was featured in many different media outlets including: BBC News, BBC Sport, Sky News, ITV News, Halftime Magazine (USA) and ITV's Surprise Surprise.
To top it off the 2014 band raised a further £69,000 for the charity Sense making a grand total of well over £105,000!
In 2015 the band aims to complete the Great North Run for the charity Sense and is hoping to make in excess of £15,000 for the charity.
Mike Lomas Eddie Gillespie Phillip McCann Matt Bell Tom Birch
Simon Jolly Ben Matthews Phillip Bracegirdle Elizabeth Edmed Heidi Kearsey
Kieran Higham Sarah Carney Ethan Whittaker Felicity Dunk Grace Caldwell
Wayne Thomas Emma Warren Charlotte Priddey Emma Cooper Richard Millington
Mike Lomas Sarah Hewitt Sean Chandler Natalie Davies Jess Tiso
Tim Hewitt Matthew Wright Chris Bayley Andrew Pimblett Mandy Westhead
Grace Caldwell Maggie Carr Danny Lowery Ian Drayton Cathryn Rogers
Richard Millington Simon Taylor Lisa Balsom Ed Carr Danny Barker
Chris Mcfarlane Brendan Travis Elizabeth Tranter Christine Avis Asher Leverton
Emma Thurlby Vicky Bayley Rhian Alderslade Laura Houndsome
Dennis Yarwood Simon Lewis
Mike Lomas Tim Hewitt Sarah Hewitt Danny Lowery Cathryn Rodgers
Simon Lewis Theresa Jennison Sean Chandler Ronan O'Neill Natalie Davies
Mararet Carr Lisa Balsom Jenny Staincliffe Jennifer Stock Ian Drayton
Emma Thurlby Emma Ramplin Edward Carr Dennis Yarwood Dave Collins
Christine Avis Chris Bayley Andrew Pimblett Alaster Yoxall Simon JAcobs
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