7th December 2013
Nearly 150 fitness fanatics helped raise £13,000 for a children’s charity in a gruelling 12-hour row-a-thon. Around 144 rowers took part in the feat at the Bodycare gym, in High Road, Benfleet. They rowed 622 miles between them in half a day. Six rowed for the entire 12 hours, with another 36 teams rowing per hour.
The fundraiser was held in aid of the Canvey-based Indee Rose Trust and its expedition to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in March 2014.
Nicola Smith, co-owner of the gym, said: “We were so surprised by how many people took part. We had such an amazing response. The atmosphere was great, with all those people in one room working as hard as they could rowing from 9am to 9pm. There was a lot of camaraderie.’’ Nicola added: “We are hoping to make it an annual event”.
A total of 144 rowers (3 teams of 4 per hour) together rowed a total of 622 miles (over 1 million metres) during the 12 hours.