Musician Laura aims to get in record books

Laura Hounsome with the rest of the band that will be attempting to break a world record at The London Marathon

Laura Hounsome with the rest of the band that will be attempting to break a world record at The London Marathon


A brass band is to take on the London Marathon in a bid to beat the record time for marching and playing in the popular sports event.

Playing her part in the march will be former pupil of Lutterworth College Laura Hounsome who grew up in Broughton Astley where her proud parents still live.

The brass band players are doing the march to not only beat a record set by a military band from Germany of 7hrs 22mins, but also to raise funds for the deafblind charity Sense.

The band is hoping to set the record for the fastest marching band to complete a marathon while aiming to raise more than £60,000 to help deafblind children and adults.

Laura (25), is used to performing in bands and plays with championship section brass band , Morecambe and Lancaster University brass band.

The band is aiming to cross the finish line in less than seven hours, so they can smash the German players’ record.

Laura said: “It’s definitely going to be tough - we’ll be giving our lungs a real work-out as well as our legs.

“Training has been intense – you get some funny looks when you’re marching through the Trough of Bowland with a tenor horn on your back.”

A two-hour music programme has already been chosen and rehearsed by band members who completed a half marathon in Oulton Park, Cheshire in February.

The playlist, which is set by Guinness World Records, needs to be performed on a loop throughout the race with only a 30 second gap allowed between each piece.

They will be playing everything from pop tunes, like Thriller by Michael Jackson, to traditional marches and classic dance floor tunes like the YMCA.

The Sense Marathon Band is also known as the Huddersfield Marathon Band in honour of the place where the challenge was conceived.

Players from London, Manchester, Buxton and Lancaster are also taking part.

The group, aged between 18 and 45, has so far raised an astonishing £43,000.

The efforts of Laura and her fellow musicians have not gone unnoticed, as celebrities Sir Patrick Stewart, Sue Perkins and Rafa Benitez are endorsing the group.

Laura will appear with other members of the group on The One Show on Friday before Sunday’s event.

To sponsor the Marathon Band go to www.justgiving.com/HMB2014.




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