Members of Pendle and Craven Croquet Club will spend a day hitting balls through hoops as they embark on an ambitious 24-hour match in aid of charity.
Club Chairman Roger Schofield and members Garry Wilson, Liz Wilson and Paul Rigge hope to raise as much money as possible for Sport Relief when they kick-off at the Cemetery Road court at noon tomorrow.
The quartet will then play all day and through the night until noon on Saturday, testing their concentration and skills to the limit.
Halogen floodlights are being brought in for the special event with members preparing to feel pegged out after such an exhaustive effort.
Mr Schofield said: “Normally you play 14 point or 26 point but you can shorten it. It isn’t usually lengthened like we are doing, especially to such a degree.
“It was Garry’s idea and we’d obviously rather play croquet than run a mile. You never know, it might be quicker.
“We are all really looking forward to it. It’s the close season now but we are ready for the season and this is a good way of getting it going.
“Usually the season curtain raiser is the John Beech Tournament. Last year we were removing snow off the grass at it so we are hoping that weather like we’ve had this week remains.”
The club, which was founded in 1984, moved to its location in Earby from the current site of Nelson and Colne College in 2005.
Mr Schofield is hoping interest in the game will boost membership at the club, and there will be an adjacent court set up tomorrow and on Saturday for people to come down and try croquet themselves.
Spectators are welcome and refreshments including tea, coffee and cake will be available and the bar open during usual trading hours.
To donate, you can go online to my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/24hourcroquet or pop down during the match where there will be donation buckets.
For information on membership, contact Mr Schofield on 814571.