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The two former England Captains, Gary Linker and Allan Lamb, will spearhead hundreds of golfers this summer by undertaking the Sun Longest Day Challenge, The Marathon of Golf, sponsored by Sun Microsystems. On Tuesday 13 July - from dawn until dusk - Linekar and Lamb will play 72 holes staring at Le Touquet (France), followed by Moor Park (England) and St Pierre (Wales), and finishing at Gleneagles (Scotland).

Golfers of all ages and varying handicaps will also play a minimum of 72 holes in one day on or as near to the longest day of the year (Monday 21 June). Each golfer will collect pledges from friends, family and colleagues, every single penny of which will benefit The Childrens Society in England and Wales, Quarriers in Scotland or a charity of their choice.

At each of the venues the celebrities visit, they will play alongside Barclays Bank guests who will also be attempting their own 72 hole marathon to help The Childrens' Society. £200,000 is the target figure to be raised by these gallant efforts and by individual golfers throughout the country.

All those participating in the Sun Longest Day Challenge receive a commemorative certificate recording the amount raised and signed by the English captains. Those who raise over £350 also receive a souvenir golf shirt and a weekend golfing hotel break for two people awaits the highest individual fundraiser.

Linker and Lamb follow in the footsteps of Ian Botham, Gavin Hastings and Jeremy Guscott, Stephen Hendry and Steven Redgrave and Dennis Taylor and Rory Underwood, who have all successfully completed a four-country challenge The Sun Longest Day Challenge has now raised over £320,000 for charity since its inception in 1993.

For further information call the Challenge Helpline on 01428 741333.