With the new rowing season approaching fast Gig Club members decided to spend even more time training whilst using their sport to benefit those less fortunate. It was agreed to support the Cancer Research “Big Row” in our March initiative. The Big Row was established by Cancer Research for individuals or teams to row a marathon distance on a Concept 2 Rowing Machine.
The team from the club decided that this was not far enough and set themselves the challenge of rowing 100,000 metres or 62 miles, the equivalent of three times around Hayling Island! The team aimed to do this challenge in 8 hours and to raise £1000 which would represent 1p for every metre rowed. Club members provided quiche and cakes to keep the bold crew on track whilst others including Club Sponsor the West Group planned work events and cake sales to boost the fund.
Well done to Tim, Greg, Ivor, Paul, Glynn, Simon and Aileen and many special guest rowers who passed through the Clubhouse today, which just happened to include our oldest and youngest members and an entire family who all row for the club.
They managed to complete the 100,000m in 6 hours 39 minutes and the end result was several, well fed, tired and emotional, if a tad sore, club members who managed to raise so far £1264 for Cancer Research.
Well done also to Esme another of our club members who quietly rowed her own marathon in March in aid of Cancer Research inspired by her brave nephew!
Courtesy of Langstone Gig Club