24-Hour Charity Rowing Event Launching This Autumn

Row-vember organiser, PC Mat Collier

This autumn sees the launch of a new charity marathon event.

The ‘Row-vember’ challenge, taking place on the 16th and 17th of November, will pit teams of six against each other to see how far as they can row in 24 hours. But they won’t need to leave the islands – it’ll all take place in the new sports hall on the rowing machines.

PC Mat Collier, who has been organising the event along with Tess Lloyd from the sports hall, says he’s under no illusions how tough the challenge is going to be.

Mat said he recently did a trial session, rowing for 30 min every three hours and he only managed to complete three rows. He’ll need to do eight in the real event!

And he says the overnight session is going to be ‘horrible.’

Mat says a few of the gig crews are planning to enter teams and he’s hoping the other emergency services will take part, as well as groups from the off-islands.

Money raised will go to Cornwall Air Ambulance, a service that Mat says has touched the lives of many people here on the islands. He’s hoping each team can raise a minimum of £300, or £50 per team member.

Anyone wanting to take part should contact Mat or Shirley at the Police Station, or Tess at the sports hall.