14 teams from all walks of life are joining forces to take part in the first of many challenges they will face in 2020 – a 24 hour row on 25 January 2020 at the River & Rowing Museum.
The teams, who are taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Campaign 2020, will be heading to the home of rowing in the UK, the River & Rowing Museum in Henley. They will be completing a 24 hour rowing challenge to raise money for each of their chosen charities. These charities vary from a very extremely personal mission to raise money for a local cancer support organisation, to environmental and refugee causes.
The teams will be replicating conditions they will be adopting for the Atlantic race, rowing constantly for 24 hours using the 2 hours on, 2 hours off rowing schedule which they will be adopting for the Atlantic crossing. Sponsors Expedition Foods and Firepot Food will be providing the sustenance for the crews in the form of freeze-dried food in ration packs. The crews will be training, sleeping and eating at the Museum, through the night, in a bid to raise money and experience sleep deprivation.
The crews are made up of fours, pairs and solo rowers with varying rowing experience – some had never rowed before they started training for this event.
The teams would like nothing more than to receive your support on the day – whether that be by cheering them on, buying a T shirt or buying a raffle ticket. Spectators and supporters are welcomed into the 24 Hour Rowing area during Museum opening hours (10am – 5pm).
“Whilst I think most would be lying if they said they were looking forward to rowing for 24 hours, what we are looking forward to is the coming together of so many TWAC2020 teams all under one roof, and at a location steeped in history and so renown in the rowing world. In 12 months’ time they will be our competition but for this event, we very much look forward to working with them to raise as much money as we can for each of our chosen charities.” Chris Ayres, The Bubbleheads.
All money raised during the 24 hour challenge will be divided between the 14 teams and donated to their charities.
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