TWO women made a valiant effort to beat a world record for a tennis rally.
On Friday Joanne Trataris and Vicki Broadbent started out on their marathon challenge, determined to beat the record of 17,062 strokes and raise money for Nightingale House Hospice.
The two tennis coaches got off to a great start at 8am with volunteers counting the strokes and cheering them on. All went well for several hours and the mood at Wrexham Tennis Centre was highly optimistic as the counter clicked over on the 9,000th stroke.
Sadly, the joy was short-lived as, after 9,484 strokes, the unthinkable happened and the ball went into the net.
There was a stunned silence as everyone took in the situation and the girls took a short break to regroup.
But it wasn't long before the ball was bouncing again with the women determined to carry on and exceed the total number of strokes so that the sponsorship money pledged for Nightingale House would be secure.
At around 6.30pm they notched up a count of 17,064 strokes and finally laid down their racquets for the day.
Jo Young, fundraiser for Nightingale House, said: 'This was a tremendous effort and the girls showed amazing commitment to carry on even after the world record was lost. Obviously they were disappointed and upset, but they were determined to do this for the hospice and that was what was motivating them.'
Joanne remained cheerful: 'You can't be downhearted when there has been more than £3,000 raised. We're still hoping that we've set a women's record for the UK.'