Keep on rowing

Sarah Wakely

Rowers at Royal Holloway staged a marathon 72 hour rowathon last week as a fundraising event, to raise money for the White Lodge Charity for handicapped children in Chertsey. The three day continuous ergathon in which the team rowed a total of 750 miles was held from Friday 20th February to the following Monday, the team putting in one extra hour in order to coincide the finish with the start of Royal Holloway’s official launch to rag week. Sponsored by Water Rower, the team on the marathon task were provided with four rowing machines as well as promotional t-shirts.

The event began on the Friday outside the student’s union at 12 noon. The club moved inside the Union during that evening, and more funds were raised during a function night. The action continued on the Saturday in Staines, in the shadow of the Spelthorne Leisure Centre in Staines. Sunday saw the event move to the Eden Walk shopping centre in Kingston. The event rounded off outside the Founder’s building on the Holloway campus. In order to maintain continuity with the 30 different participating rowers, the team ran with five minute overlaps in changeovers. The event raised over £900 simply through the presence of collectors with buckets on the days on which the ergathon took place, and this total looks set to increase after the collection of all the sponsor’s money. David May, president of the RH boat club, said after the event that “it was hard work, but definitely worth it. Everyone really enjoyed themselves; it was teamwork in action”.

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