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Matt Prouse, a 40-year old NHS Locality Lead from Wokingham has set a new Guinness World Record for hitting the longest bullseye.

Matt, who manages the Wokingham and Bracknell Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Anxiety and Depression pathway within  Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, beat the previous record of 16 feet 8.88 inches (5.05 metres) set by former England cricketer Freddy Flintoff, with a bullseye of 19 feet 8.22 inches (6 metres).

His equipment of choice was a Blade 4 Dual Core dartboard and a set of 26 gram darts.

Watched by a group of well-wishers in Twyford, Berkshire, Matt hit the new record in less than an hour. Though the record still has to be ratified by Guinness World Records, his effort has already raised hundreds of pounds to fund a football team for young people with mental health problems.

“You don’t really appreciate how small a bullseye is until you try hitting it from nearly 20 feet away,” says Matt. “It was a case of finding a rhythm and then hoping for the best. It’s great to think I could end up in the Guinness World Record book, but even more gratifying to have raised some money for a good cause.”

Representing the local Wokingham Independent Darts League as a witness for the attempt was Richard Saunders, who also helped set up the giant world-record oche. “We wanted to use a Blade 4 dartboard because the wires are so thin. And we chose a Dual Core version because the higher compression layer meant that a successful dart was less likely to fall out. Our league has now standardised on the latest Blade 5 Dual Core boards which are simply the best around.”

Date : 03-05-2017



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