As part of a Penrith Rugby Union Football Club fundraising event, the Lakes Free Range Egg Company supplied eggs ink-jet printed with the club name and their egg brand ‘Laid with Love’. The eggs were then used in an attempt to crack the world record for the longest throw of a raw egg.
Kris Bratton (left) caught the egg
thrown by Will Morgan
The Laid with Love TM eggs came from Free Range hens only a couple of miles from the Rugby Club and the eggs were chosen for their strength of shell. Participants on the day were pleasantly surprised to see that most of the eggs could be thrown and caught without breaking, some even bounced when they landed on the grass.
The best attempt by children was 31.4 metres, from Dylan McLellan aged 11 and Danny Hall aged 10. The club teams and coaches battled for longest throw, trying to get close to the 90+ metre record and it was finally Kris Bratton and Will Morgan who managed to reach 61.7 metres.
Organiser of the event Spike Johnson said “When we were marking out the metres we thought 98m looked a long way! We had Andy Murray, President of the World Egg Throwing Federation on the phone to see how far we reached and he said they don’t recognise the 98 metre record. He said the record is 72 metres set by a Dutch team and that the PRUFC attempt is very credible. Next time, with practice, we will beat the Dutch.
Ink jet printed eggs
This year’s competition was quite last minute and we managed to raise almost £300, but next year we will be better prepared and hope to have other local Rugby Clubs interested in taking part.”
Mark Gaskin, MD at ‘The Lakes’ said “ It may not be an Olympic sport, but it was a good way to see who had the ability to throw a great distance and who knows, Dylan and Danny, two boys who threw a massive 31.4 metres may yet be javelin or discus throwers in the 2016 Olympics. Great athletes (like our hens), need a good diet, exercise and lots of fresh air.”
For more information about Laid With Love eggs, contact 01768 890 460 or visit www.laidwithlove.co.uk
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