Four GB Rowing Team Dads Embark on Thames Rowing Challenge for Charity

The proud fathers of four GB Rowing Team World Champions are gearing up to row the length of the Thames in support of two worthy causes: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Love Rowing, the British Rowing Charitable Foundation.

Nick Digby, Hugh Elwes, Rory Carnegie, and Al Davidson, fathers to team GB rowers Tom Digby, Charlie Elwes, Sholto Carnegie, and Freddie Davidson, were inspired by their sons to take on the challenge. From 2-6 May, the four Dads will row from Lechlade in the Cotswolds, the highest navigable part of the Thames, to the iconic Oxford Cambridge Boat Race Championship Course in Putney, covering over 130 miles and navigating 40 locks along the way.

Last year, Tom Digby, reigning World Champion in the Men’s eight, sadly lost his mother Julie Digby to cancer. Now, his father and three fellow team members’ Dads are determined to honour her memory and raise as much money as possible for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which funded the hospital where she received treatment. Additionally, the group aims to raise funds for Love Rowing, a charity dedicated to providing opportunities for those from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience the benefits of rowing.

Joining the Dads on their journey is Paralympic, World, and European Champion cox, Erin Kennedy, who will kick off the five-day expedition from Lechlade. The team will row past the GB Rowing Team’s National Training Centre in Caversham on Saturday 4 May, and they plan to reunite with their sons after training to row down the iconic Henley Royal Regatta stretch on the same day.

Hugh Elwes shared his thoughts on the challenge, saying, “We have all been watching the success of the GB rowing team from the towpath for many years, but none of us had ever actually rowed. So we decided to get out there and learn, taking on a big challenge to raise money for two fantastic causes.”

Mark Davies, Chair of British Rowing and Trustee of Love Rowing,said, “I hope everyone gets behind these guys because what they are doing is so inspiring, such fun and for two fantastic causes. Their story has a bit of everything, bringing together personal lows from last year and what we hope to be personal highs in a fantastic summer. We are backing them all the way!”

To learn more about the challenge and make a donation, visit their fundraising page here, or follow their journey on Instagram.

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