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Macmillan's Longest Day returns!

Hundreds of teams of golfers are expected to take part in the 72-hole challenge between May and August

The Macmillan Longest Day Golf Challenge is back or another year and it is set to have more golfers taking part than ever.

Entries are open for the fundraising event on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, who are once again calling on golf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to play four rounds of golf in one day and help raise money for people affected by cancer.

Covering 72 holes, 20 miles and 300 shots in one day, the Longest Day Challenge is the ultimate test for all golfers.

The challenge itself can either be completed on four different courses or the same course four times in one day. As well as the usual golfing gear, participants will need stamina, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour to get through the day in one piece and smiling.

Last year saw 850 teams take part, and raise a heroic £780,000 to help people affected by cancer in the UK.

English Club Golfer assistant editor Michael McEwan took part in the challenge in 2013, and he says he is delighted to have been part of what was a special day.

“Myself and three friends took part in the challenge over the three courses at Gleneagles last summer and it was a brilliant day,” said McEwan. “Playing 72 holes in a day seemed like a lot, but once we got going it was a lot better than I imagined it to be, and it was great fun doing it with my friends.

“Our score might not have been good enough to get us to the final, but we weren’t expecting to be able to do that anyway. Our goal was to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan and we had a lot of fun while doing it. It’s a great day and definitely worth entering.”

Getting involved is easy. Firstly you need bring together a team of up to four people to take on the challenge and register with Macmillan. The team captain will then receive a welcome pack with everything you need to help make your day a success.

Next, you’ll have to choose a day for your challenge. The longest day of the year is Saturday June 21, 2014, but if you can’t play then, there’ll be enough daylight between May and August to allow you to power through all four rounds.

Getting support for your challenge is easy, too. All you need to do is set up an online sponsorship page with JustGiving, which lets friends, family and colleagues sponsor you from anywhere in the world.

Then ask everyone you know to sponsor you and encourage all of the golfers you know to sponsor you.

The next important step in your preparation is choosing a course to do battle with on the day. Make the decision whether you’ll play all four rounds on one course, or spread them out between two or more.

A club you know well may be most likely to support your challenge, but don’t forget to mention that you’re raising money for Macmillan, and the club might reduce their green fees, or throw in some free food.

The four teams with the best scores throughout all of the entrants will then be invited to take part in the Macmillan Longest Day Golf final, which was held at Boavista Golf Resort in 2013, and is set to return to Portugal this year.

Once again, Macmillan is working closely with their partners at adidas Golf to bring together more golf fanatics and help them reach their 2014 goal of £1 million raised through the challenge.

Its never been easier to register, simply go to macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf, pick the date of your challenge and ask friends and family for donations.

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