Triumphant band members limped and hobbled their way to tea with the mayor after their epic London marathon record.
On Sunday members of the Huddersfield Marathon Band reclaimed the official Guinness World record for a marching band to complete a marathon.
The 31-strong marching band completed the London Marathon in 6:56:44, raising more than £50,000 for charity in the process.
The band, formed at Huddersfield University, smashed their 2011 time by almost an hour and reclaimed the world record they lost in 2012.
The impressive time, an average of a mile every 16 minutes, was faster than some runners and was achieved while playing a medley of tunes all along the route, including the Great Escape and Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.
And despite their blisters and aching limbs, members of the band performed one last jubilant march around Huddersfield Town Hall, piping out music for passers-by.
The weary musicians were then able to put their feet up and their instruments down at an official civic reception in honour of their record breaking feat.
Mike Lomas, the 22-year-old band’s director, said: “We are thrilled to break the world record again!
“We were aiming for seven hours and we are extremely proud that all the training paid off and we did even better than that!
“I’m not going to lie – it was quite tough carrying our trumpets, cornets, drums and even a tuba for 26 miles in the heat!
“But the amazing crowds cheering us on kept us going and so did knowing that we are raising money and awareness for Sense and the work they do with deaf blind people.”
The band were the world’s first and fastest marching band to complete a marathon in 2011, but lost their record the following year to a German band, who beat them by 22 minutes.
Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Martyn Bolt, said he was honoured to welcome the marathon band for a homecoming celebration.
“It’s a fantastic achievement,” he said.
“It’s faster than I could probably do it and it’s a pleasure for me as mayor to offer them a civic reception.
“It will be interesting to see if their rivalry with the German band continues.”
The marathon band are hoping to exceed their target of raising £60,000.
To sponsor the Huddersfield Marathon Band, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/HMB2014
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