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After fighting cancer for 22 years, my mother died in April 2015. I have since been putting into action a new fundraising challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK in her memory, and will be undertaking a solo endurance row in a single scull, from Southend Pier at the limit of the North Sea, to Big Ben, a distance of 45 miles (72km) and potentially 7-8 hours of continuous rowing.
I rowed for McGill University, Montreal, some time back in 2003, and this challenge seems a perfect opportunity to get back on the water doing something I always found both challenging and rewarding. Only three people on record have crossed the channel solo in an Olympic class single scull, which was my original goal, but with French authorities stopping unorthodox crossings of the channel in recent years, I set my sights on an even bigger challenge.
The new challenge is twice as long, and although it’s hard at this stage to tell how long it should take, I will be looking at a continuous row of potentially something like 7-8 hours, and am in the process of applying to Guinness World Records to set a record. In addition, I would potentially like the Solo Sea to City Row to become a set fundraising challenge for others to take on in the future and continue to raise money for charity.
I am hoping to row the endurance challenge in August 2017, which gives me six months in which I will be training on and off the water. I will need to build up both the technical skill required for rowing a scull in relatively open water at the beginning of the challenge, and the fitness to adapt from the standard 2km in 7 minutes to an endurance row of 72km in 7-8 hours. In doing so, I hope to put a new challenge in place, set a new World Record, and raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK, a cause that is very close to me and indeed so many others.
Thank you to everyone for your support and donations; you are already my constant motivation to drive my training and fundraising in the lead up to my hardest physical challenge to date! Please visit sea2city.org for further information and news, and signup there to receive fortnightly updates.
Rory Gullan - The Solo Sea to City Row started this fundraiser on 17/4/17 Via JustGiving
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