An Arbroath taxi driver is swapping his steering wheel for a squash racquet in a mammoth challenge.
Mark James (48) is aiming to break the world record for the longest ever non-stop squash game starting at 9pm today (Friday) in Montrose Sports Centre.
Mark, who lives in Montrose and works in the Arbroath taxi industry, has been limbering up for the challenge with a variety of training methods in preparation for the big event.
He said: “I had my last training session on Wednesday morning on the squash court. I just undertook one hour of conditioning work. Nothing too hard!
“I am doing absolutely no more fitness. It is crucial to now focus on correctly getting lots of rest, sleep and chill time.”
The current record for the longest marathon playing squash (singles) is 35 hours, two minutes and three seconds achieved in Perth, Western Australia, on April 12 of this year.
“I feel relieved that the event is set in stone,” Mark said.
“All the players, event staff, referees etc. are ready to go. Behind the record attempt there is a massive amount of stringent guidelines that everybody must meet.”
Mark is under no illusions that it is not simply fitness that will get him through: “Mental strength is the key. I am going over and over in my head how to tactically play as well as the endurance ahead. It is about controlling and managing the fatigue, blisters, sleep deprivation, you name it and still managing to continuously play the game.
“I am very confident in my challenge ahead! The reality is, I wouldn’t attempt this otherwise. I am not nervous but highly motivated and ready for this massive encounter. The support will keep me focussed and tuned in.”