UL Boat club run aground at Covent Garden

The University of London Boat Club will be staging an Ergothon on Friday 24 October at Covent Garden featuring rowing legends Greg Searle, Tim Foster and Rupert Obholzer, writes Polly Fryer. The event is a 24 - hour sponsored row in which the Men's and Women's club members will be taking their turns on Waterower ergo machines. The aim of this arduous and impressive event is to raise funds for the charities Children in Need and Stoke Mandeville Hospital. A portion of the funds raised will be used by the students themselves to support their place at California's Long Beach Regatta.

The Boat Club has consistently produced World and Olympic class Rowers over the years and is one of the most successful student clubs in the world. Famous names include World Champion Tim Foster who will be present at the event and rows in the men’s four with Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent. He may be more familiar to many as the stroke of last years Oxford Boat Race crew. The 1996 - 7 Women's captain Libby Henshailwood received a Bronze and a Gold at this years World Championships. She was joined at the event by a whole host of London rowers including Damien West, Dave Beckley, Christian McCaulick and Mallinda Miles who won Bronze in Lightweight pairs. In order to continue competing on such a prestigious level the Boat Club must raise additional funding to attend expensive overseas events.

The arduous and enduring marathon relay which begins at 3pm on Friday promises to be an exhilarating performance for both its participants and those who will be showing their support. The serious money raising issues involved will be at the forefront of the celebrity occasion as all are aware of the growing need for the Club to raise part of its own funding.

The sport necessitates huge outgoings and the generous amount of money already supplied by the University is proving insufficient to cover the costs of sending crews to overseas regattas. The members have acknowledged this need and Nick Story who is in charge of Marketing sees this event as being one way of rising to the challenge. The club proposes to send a Mens eight and a Womens four to the California Regatta which is important in an ongoing effort to maintain the United Kingdom's high profile in World Class competition.

Support on the day by students and the general public alike will be much appreciated as anybody who has been on an Ergo will understand the pain that it entails. Their efforts to support not only their own dream but promote the happiness of others through their choice of charities is commendable. Sponsorship and donations can be given in person on the day or sent to University of London Boat club, 81 Hartington Road, Chiswick, London W4 3TU.

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