Hartlepool’s ‘Dark Avenger’ and his pals complete 24-hour darts challenge

Event organiser Ian Robson, centre, with some of those who took part in the challenge for Children In Need.
Event organiser Ian Robson, centre, with some of those who took part in the challenge for Children In Need.
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Fundraisers fought their way through the pain barrier as they completed a 24-hour darts marathon.

The demanding challenge took place at the Blacksmiths Arms, in Stranton, Hartlepool, and was led by the captain of the darts team Ian Robson.

It was a big challenge mentally as well as physically

Ian Robson

Up to 10 people took part, and it proved to be a gruelling event.

Mr Robson, 47, nicknamed ‘The Dark Avenger’, was one of six who lasted the full 24 hours, and paid the price the next morning.

He said: “Everybody loved it and there was a good atmosphere. It was a big challenge mentally as well as physically.

“I woke up the next morning with a sore left shoulder, and my elbow was killing.

“We’re supposed to be playing darts tonight, and I don’t think we’ll be able to.

“The whole event was absolutely brilliant, though, and we’re hoping to make it a regular thing.”

Funds were raised for Children In Need at the event as each player secured sponsorship.

However, there was a time when Mr Robson feared the challenge would fall flat.

He was worried that only he and John O’Shea, who is the team’s treasurer, would take part, but was delighted when others arrived at the venue to join in.

Mr Robson, of Spurn Walk, added: “At the start, there was only me and John.

“We didn’t know if anyone else was going to turn up, and if it was just the two of us, I doubt we’d have lasted the 24 hours. All of a sudden, though, people started arriving, so we got through it.

“We’re all very enthusiastic about darts, because we play it so much. Even when there are no games, we’re practicing.

“A few of us said on Sunday we wouldn’t mind not seeing another dart board for at least another week, though. Looking at the board for that long plays havoc with your eyes and the colours.

“Despite that, it was very enjoyable and we think we’ve raised more than £500 for Children In Need, which is the main thing.”

There are now plans to make the challenge an annual event, and to stage it on the same day as next year’s main Children In Need events.

After the 2pm to 2pm weekend challenge was completed, Mr Robson caught up on the sleep he had missed.

He said: “As soon as I got home after two, I went to bed for a few hours.

“I got up at about 9pm because I wanted to watch I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, but then I went to bed again and didn’t get up until 10am on Monday.

“I needed to catch up on the sleep I had missed.”