The Harper Adams University Rowing Club has organised a charity challenge with the aim to raise £1,000 for the NHS Charities Together charity.
The challenge kicked off on Monday (27th April) and will continue over each day for the next eight weeks with the aim to collectively travel 8074km around Great Britain’s Coastline Roads. The club is made up of 60 members from all years, including alumni, with 30 of these members taking part in the challenge. Each member participating has the option to either row, run, walk, cycle, swim or horse ride approximately 320km each!
The record for the quickest time completed (not using a motor vehicle) is via cycling. The record is held by Andy Wilkinson, who completed the journey in 41 hours, 4 minutes and 22 seconds. A typical cycling time when not attempting the quickest time possible is 10 to 14 days.
Eloise Davies, Women’s Rowing Captain 2020/2021 said: “Exercise is vital to mental health in worrying times like this and this challenge will help to bring our team together, help maintain fitness, and help support our members while we are apart.”
Incoming President for the Men’s Rowing Club, Pete Reis added: “Working together as a team like this just helps bring everyone together, whilst also, hopefully, raising some cash for an extremely worthwhile charity, who are actively helping the NHS on the frontline in this COVID-19 pandemic.”
All the money raised will go towards ‘NHS Charities Together’, helping our hard-working NHS trusts and members around the UK on the frontline of the COVID -19 pandemic.
The Rowing Club plans to continue their charitable efforts year on year with a proposed plan to row Land’s End to John O Groats in 24 hours as a group next year.
There will be weekly updates of the club's progress on their Facebook page and a link to their justgiving page, where you can donate to their great cause.
Good luck from everyone at HASU!