On Saturday 29th January, the weather God’s shone down on the south coast of Cornwall to allow for settled conditions and the commencement of 2019’s Festive Marathon Row.
Covering 26 miles, from Looe to Porthmellon, Mevagissey – 38 Rowers and Coxes took to the water in a epic row to help raise money for charity.
The charities were some that were very close to the hearts of several rowers, having many close friends and family whom have had needed them in the past and present – these were the Cystic Fibrosis Trust & Bowel Cancer UK. Southwest Sky Visions Steve Strachan kindly donated his time to cover the event from the skies which was live streamed on GigRower’s Facebook page and with a snippet of the final finish sprint which can be seen below;
Raising well over £3,000 along the way – the rowers held steadfast and managed to finish in the last remaining daylight after several hours at sea with a few stops along the way.
Each rower earned their ‘Stripes’ for the Cornish Barbarians, earning a unique shirt number that will stay with them for the future. This being the inaugural event, the Cornish Barbarians Gig Club will be hosting several more events for gig rowers across the country to take on challenges and raise money for charity, make sure you head over to https://www.facebook.com/CornishBarbarians/ to sign up!
The event was also GPS tracked and recorded by one of the rowers which shows the route the rowers had taken for the day which can be watched below;