Rowvember – 24 hour rowing challenge on Scilly

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Rowvember Launches


Friday 5th October the Isles of Scilly Rowvember challenge launches.


The event, which hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, will see teams of up to 6 take turns to row continuously for 24 hours.


The event organised Council of the Isles of Scilly’s ‘Active Scilly’ team in Partnership with the local Police takes place in the Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Hall, starting at 7pm on Friday 16th November and finishing at 7pm on Saturday 17th November.


PC Matt Collier, one of the  organisers of the event said: “There have already been people interested in forming teams, and we’re hopeful that the event will attract participants from across the islands and hopefully even the mainland to take part. There is six weeks to go, so now is the time to register, raise some money and get training.”


The Rowvember event has involved acquiring extra rowing machines which will be shipped to the islands especially. The extra rowing machines have been kindly donated by Cornwall Council free of charge to help support the cause. The additional machines will ensure that all teams are on the same type of equipment and are competing fairly.


PCSO Shirley Graham, one of the organisers said: “The event is primarily to raise money for air ambulance, but there is definitely a competitive spirit involved. I think all the teams involved will want to be the ones who can go further, and go fastest in the time available. My personal goal is just to stay alive!”


The Cornwall Air Ambulance has been in operation since 1987. The first of its kind in theUK, this vital service operates 365 days a year, saving lives across the rural regions ofCornwalland the Isles of Scilly. The Cornwall Air Ambulance has been tasked to nearly 23,500 missions since its inception, however the entire project relies entirely on fundraising and donations to reach the £2 million a year that it needs to operate.


The event is designed to be a gruelling and tough marathon event. Crash mats will be provided for participants to catch some sleep in the small hours, and it is hoped many islanders will pop in throughout the twenty-four hours to cheer on the teams.


Tess Lloyd, Sports & Leisure manager for the Council of the Isles of Scilly said: “It is going to be a physically and mentally challenging event. I don’t think that many of the participants will have had a chance to try something like this before. But there is a great enthusiasm for the event, and I think all the teams will rise to the challenge.”


The Rowvember event begins 6 weeks today, and applications for teams are now open.


Application packs to take place in Rowvember are available now from the Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Hall, or can be ordered by phoning 01720 424373.


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