18 September 2019 - Article
It seems the Olympics, and in particular the tremendous success of team GB has been an inspiration for us all. Amateur athletes across the country are pounding the pavements or donning inflatable rings in a bid to work up a sweat. Well, we wouldn't want to be left out here at Withers. On the 23rd August, spurred on by the success at Eton Dorney, Withers presents #row24 in collaboration with The Grange Hotel, James Bailey of New Square Chambers Q-Power Indoor rowing team. During #row24, which will be held at The Grange Hotel St Pauls, a team of enthusiastic charitable souls from the Withers' London office will row in shifts continuously for 24 hours in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Guinness World Record attempt
It doesn't end there! The Withers' team will pitch their combined efforts against a single challenger; Paul Buchanan of Q-Power indoor rowing team. Paul will race against the Withers' team and attempt to beat the current Concept2 and Guinness World Records.
- Current World record — 307,683 meters
- Current Concept2 record — 313,248 meters
Further information about the record breaking attempt can be viewed on the Q-Power website, which will also stream live footage throughout the 24 hours.
Come and join us for a 60 second sprint challenge
But why sit at home and stare at a computer screen when you can get involved?! Come and join in the fun and test your speed at the 60 second sprint challenge. There will be prizes for the fastest male and female competitors and further winners will be drawn on the day. Entry fee: £5 donation to Cancer Research UK If this sounds like far too much exertion, feel free to pop in for a beer at the bar and cheer on the team.
Support the team and Cancer Research UK
Whilst world records are a nice achievement the main motivation for #row24 is to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK. Many of us at Withers have already had our lives affected by cancer, and will be rowing in memory of, or in support of, loved ones who have struggled with and continue to struggle with this disease. There remains much work to be done. Cancer Research UK aims to save millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. In the 24 hours that we will row on 23 August, over 700 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer. Any donation you can make, however small, is greatly appreciated. Please try to give generously using the following methods: Log on to www.justgiving.com/withers-row24; or Text ROWQ88_£5 to 70070 (or change the amount in the text depending on how much you wish to donate).
Good luck team Withers
It just leaves me to wish those involved all the best, especially those rowing throughout the night and though I'm no Helen Glover or Heather Stanning I might just have to get myself a time slot….