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Warrington rowers set new British records in charity row-athon!

Posted by: Fundraising 27 February 2013

Giant 'well-done's  and back-pats all round for the Warrington Rowing Club J14 squad and their coach, Gaël Tavernier (pictured above) who established four junior team relay British records in a charity row-athon!


The rowing marathon took place on 19th February and was a huge success, seeing coach Gaël set a new British record of three hours, five minutes and nine seconds of continuous rowing on a rowing machine to cover the marathon distance of 26 miles!

They were cheered on by team GB Olympic rower Ric Egington (winner of silver and bronze in Beijing and London). He began rowing, just like them, at Warrington rowing club when he was younger and is Warrington's first ever Olympian!

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Ric Egington with the Warrington J14 Squad in their fab Pancreatic Cancer UK vests!

Gaël's inspiration for organising the event was in memory of her step-mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in November 2012. Gaël said:

 "I am so pleased with how everything went on the day. The rowing marathon was a formidable success! I wanted to pay tribute to my step-mother and this event felt like a great way to do this. I chose to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK to say thank you for the help one of the nurses gave me via their Support Line when I contacted them last year and also the charity of my employer, the North West Lung Centre (NWLC), as they have been so supportive during my step-mother's illness."

Even though the event is over, the team are still actively fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK and the North West Lung Centre charity. Please donate here.


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