Marathon Snooker Club

This excerpt is from the book entitled 40 Strange Groups. Little is known about them, hence the shortness of the book and the low price.

The Marathon Snooker Club believes that the unhealthy image of the game harms its reputation as a sport. People have a picture of snooker as being played in smoke-filled, dark rooms by men with unhealthy complexions and nicotine-stained fingers. The MSC resolved to change this image by changing the rules of their game slightly and rewarding the healthier types by making stamina a more important element.

The rule change means that every red ball that’s pocketed is placed back on the table. The winner of the game is the first to get to 1,500 points and games can last five hours without any breaks.

The founder of the club Willie Rose says: “This game is often seen as a cross between snooker and billiards, simply because of the re-introduction of the balls after every successful shot. The idea is that the fittest player will win most of the games if they have a reasonable technique. Players who have great technique, but are unfit or are carrying too much extra weight invariably start off well, but tail off after a couple of hours as they lack the necessary standard of fitness to stay the course.”

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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