Unfortunately, I won’t be rowing mine gently down the stream.
I along with 5 colleagues have signed up to a challenge. The challenge will be a rowing race on the 17th July. We will be racing against other boats in our sector, energy.
Long-term followers of this blog might be shocked to hear I’ve taken on a sporting challenge – the only previous mention of sport was yoga, which I admitted was hard.
This is a whole new challenge. 8.5 miles down the Thames. For the modern man that accounts as 13.6km. In whatever unit you choose to measure this in, it is long! The annual boat race between Cambridge and Oxford is 4 miles. The crews in that race contain 8 strong, athletic men and women. That certainly doesn’t apply to me!
With three months to go until race day a lot needs to be achieved. Current fitness level is; out of breath when walking up the escalator rather than standing and letting machines carry me. I did a few runs in 2014 to help start my revision sessions (read procrastinate) and I’m pretty sure that was also the last time I wore trainers.
I’m pleased to report the trainers were dusted off twice last week and used while I ran around a local London park, more excitingly I survived. The road ahead is likely littered with blood, sweat and tears but all that might be worth it if we don’t come last!
There is another reason for the row; it is for charity. The Ahoy centre based in Deptford, London changes lives. The charity offers opportunities to disadvantaged children giving them with life skills – providing confidence, building relationships and the ability to row or sail. The charity also provides opportunities to disabled children. If you’d like to know more about their work, check out their website.
If the target of rowing 8.5 miles wasn’t enough, we also have set ourselves the target of raising a minimum of £2,000 for the Ahoy centre. We would really appreciate any donation you can afford to make to this cause – donate here.
Over the coming few months I’ll keep you posted on progress made on learning how to row as well getting to a fitness level where I can complete the challenge! If anyone has any tips on how to get there I would love to hear them!