15 July 2013, 8:56am
A group of largely novice rowers from Bath and Bristol have successfully completed the Bath Rugby Foundation's Ultimate Cornish Gig Row Challenge, to row from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly in Cornish Gigs.
The notoriously difficult 28 mile challenge, which was sponsored by the Blackberry Z10 handset, had been postponed previously due to adverse weather conditions. However, on this occasion and with the weather and tides on their side, the group were delighted to finish the row in just over six hours, raising an incredible £15,000 for the Bath Rugby Foundation.
The row team, which included Paul Jevons from EE, Steven Morris from The Guardian newspaper, Geoff Binding from Bath Rugby and Ray O'Donoghue from Barclays, were given a helping hand on the day by World Champion and Falmouth born rower Natalie Grose (formerly Falmouth Ladies and now Flushing and Mylor Gig Club) and endurance rower Shelley Cook.
Halena Coury, Head of Fundraising at Bath Rugby Foundation said, "We are delighted at the second time of trying that the conditions were so favourable. The team were ready for the opportunity and the rowers all agreed to row last minute after all their training. It goes without saying that the challenge would not have been possible without the support from the BlackBerry Z10 handset and from the Cape Cornwall Gig Club, who crucially lent us their boats for both attempts. It would also not have been possible without the support and dedication of such a committed group of people who were determined to complete the row and were determined to raise as much money as possible. We simply can't thank them enough."
All the rowers undertook this daunting challenge in order to raise much needed money for the Bath Rugby Foundation. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Bath Rugby Foundation is an independent charity entirely funded by grants and donations from businesses and individuals. Their aim, through their award-winning Education and Inclusion programmes, is to enhance the lives of children and young people through sport, in particular those who have a disadvantaged lifestyle. The Foundation helped 22,500 children in 2012 and is proud to have worked with over 125,000 children since it started in 2003.
Donations to the Ultimate Cornish Gig Row Challenge team can still be made online at: www.justgiving.com/brf.