As those of you who were at the club over the last weekend will know, members of Southsea Rowing Club, along with family and friends, successfully completed a 24-hour ‘rowathon’, organised by Junior Captains Chelsea Armstrong and Will Mahoney, raising money for our boat fund and for Rowan's Hospice.
The participants succeeded in rowing an ergo continuously for the target of 24 hours, and by the time the 'rowathon' was completed on Saturday evening, they had covered a total distance of 339,469 metres in the 24 hours, at an average split time a fraction over 2:07 per 500m.
By my reckoning, that's a little over four times round the Isle of Wight — a fantastic achievement — and I am sure that you will all want to join me in congratulating those involved on their efforts. You may also want to support them in their fundraising if you haven't already done so.
Southsea Rowing Club have set up a JustGiving page for the junior boat fund and a page for donating to Rowan's Hospice here. All money raised will be split 50/50 between the two causes. The Rowan's Hospice is a registered charity (No. 299731).
If you prefer, you can make a donation directly to the main club account. Please use the reference ‘rowathon’ if you donate this way.
Finally, a very big, congratulations and thank-you to all involved, especially to those who stayed before or after their allotted rowing time to help out, worked the bake sale in the cold on Saturday, were stuck with particularly unsociable rowing times, and those who were drafted in to do second slots less than 12 hours after their first!
With this sort of dedication from our Juniors, we can be optimistic about the prospects for our Club in the future.