I am just entering my 50th year on this planet, and am certainly old enough to know better… I have a very understanding wife, Susanne, and two wonderful children.
I was born in Torquay, Devon but immigrated to Yorkshire, home of the White Rose, and my adopted home, 26 years ago. Team sports have been a major factor throughout my life, and I have been lucky enough to have represented my country in more than one discipline.
In 2012, and aged 42, I ran the marathon des sables, my first long distance endurance race and surprised myself with a “top 100 runners” finish. That race lit the flame for further challenges and endurance events ever since.
I have never rowed, until now. This will be without doubt the biggest physical and mental challenge I have attempted.
Macmillan Cancer Support have been hugely supportive to me and my family over the years, and it therefore feels right to raise money to support this very worthy cause.
I will be covering the cost of the boat, equipment and race fees myself, as I want 100% of the money raised to go to Macmillan.
After launching WhiteRows off Hornsea Beach at high tide, courtesy of Hornsea Inshore Rescue I took the boat out to sea, helped by the outgoing tide. Turning the boat 90 degrees I rowed her up the Yorkshire coast toward Bridlington, taking the opportunity to practice...
So after a 300 mile trip from Burnham on Crouch, WhiteRows is now firmly based in Yorkshire. Having spent the previous evening with paper charts and a tide atlas, I plotted what I would be a hard but rewarding 7 hour row, with my wife in support, allowing time for an...
So my rowing technique is pants. Had some really great support from @gusbarton and spotted some major technique errors. Plenty to work on...Spine bent, heels elevated and hips too far forward. Too much hip flexion...this is not going to get me across the...