Gravesend rowers complete 600km on the rowing machine to get more rowers on the Thames

Gravesend Rowing Club members row for 48 hours to raise money for boat repairs #YourStories

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On the way to 600km!

Rowers from Gravesend Rowing Club completed 48 hours non-stop on one rowing machine at the clubhouse in March to raise funds to refurbish Neptune, a second hand eight which required significant repairs to get out on the river. Gravesend RC is a small club with a small coaching team but a rapidly growing membership, and the eight will allow the club to get more adults and juniors out rowing in any one session.

Fifty rowers aged from 13 to 65 years took part, rowing between five minutes and five hours each, to rack up a total of 600km. Gravesend is almost entirely made up of juniors so this was a fantastic demonstration of commitment and determination by everyone.

The club will soon be able to open their adult, junior, and state school rowing sessions to new members

Perhaps even more dedication was shown by their coaches, who stayed at the club for the entire 48 hours with little sleep to support, encourage and feed the rowers throughout the day and night.

This feat raised over £2,500 towards the cost of repairs and refurbishment, which means the club will soon be able to open their adult, junior, and state school rowing sessions to new members as well as reconnecting with the river heritage of the town. It will mean that they will be able to enter adult and juniors crews into both local and national events.

It really shows the great work a small club can do, both on and off the water, and the dedication of young people to their sport and club.

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