The RVCBC embarked on a charity row to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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A single boat of eight rowed from Reading RC back to the ULBC boathouse in Chiswick in a single day on the 22nd May, totalling eighteen hours on the water. They had to deal with raging heat, long delays, and twenty-two locks on the way, but ultimately reached their destination at 11:30pm. This challenge has only been undertaken once before that we know of, by an RVCBC crew in 2015, who also raised £2000 for GOSH with their efforts.
The crew set off from Reading Rowing Club at 5:30am, and rowed their absolute hearts out, reaching ULBC at 11:30pm. It was a gruelling task, with heat, hunger, and dehydration making it far more difficult; but their positive attitude and the power of teamwork shone through, bringing them home with smiles on their faces.
There were challenges on the way; malfunctioning seats in the first hour, dropped boat lights, a few brushes with trees, and a tricky lock-keeper, who almost put an end to the whole event with only 10km left to go. But, despite all of these things, they knuckled down and carried on, raising over £2000 (to be split between Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and the club).
Major thanks must go to the support teams for this event; the two safety cars, manned by volunteers, drove all day to keep the crew hydrated and fed. This involved managing the locks, some pretty dodgy navigation, and a lot of stress – without them, the row could not have taken place, and they represented RVCBC with integrity and strength when it was sorely needed. The huge group of club members who met the crew at the finish line also deserve a mention, for giving them a warm welcome and helping to lift all the equipment (including some of the rowers!) off the water.