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Rowers’ Marathon Bid to Raise Cash

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 04, 2012

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Rowing fanatics have been putting their best arms forward to raise cash for charity.

Junior members of the North Staffordshire Rowing Club (NSRC) have pulled together to raise money for Sport Relief. The eight rowers, all members of the J15 team and coached by Tony Riddington, decided to set themselves the challenge of rowing the length of a marathon – 26 miles and 385 yards – on their home water of Rudyard Lake near Leek. They also decided it would be even more impressive to row three marathons in one day.

Event organiser Helen Jenkinson said: "The team used a Quad and two Doubles to achieve this feat, and the juniors were tired but very happy to complete the distance, although blisters were noticeable on some – Peter Aston in particular seemed to have more blister than normal skin. Lizzie Binns, Stroke in the Quad said: "We were all exhausted by the end, but it was worth it for all the money we raised and a day in the sun."

Helen added: "The club and all the parents are proud of the team. They covered the laps of the lake far more quickly than we expected and the support from the public on the day was excellent."

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