Teams Preparing For Islands’ ‘Rowvember’ Challenge

There’s just over a week to go before the islands’ biggest fundraiser this autumn.

On Friday the 16th November, groups of six people are being asked to undertake a 24-hour rowing challenge. Sets of machines will be set up in the sports hall at Carn Gwaval, from 7pm Friday until 7pm on Saturday, for Rowvember, a fundraiser for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The event has been arranged by Active Scilly, the Council’s sports and leisure service and the islands’ police force.

The event is promising something for islanders of all ages. Two machines will be set aside for children and there’ll be a bouncy castle, refreshments and a raffle too.

On the Saturday evening, the Old Town Inn are hosting music from Roadrunner and a post-row awards night.

PC Mat Collier is a member of the police team. He says the goal is just to ‘keep the machine spinning’ through the night but thinks it’s going to be a tough, painful event as the day progresses. And he says teams need a vague plan for the 24-hour challenge, such as a half hour on the machine then two-and-a-half hours off for each contestant.

From Radio Scilly

Shirley, Mat and Tess talk about Rowvember

Sports hall manager Tess Lloyd says there’ll be awards for the furthest distance rowed by male, female and mixed teams.

And Tess says there are some individuals who have put their name down but don’t have a team yet, so she’s encouraging anyone who wants to take part to get in touch.

PCSO Shirley Graham is a member of the police team. As a rower she’s less worried about the physical exercise and more concerned about staying up through the night. She’s intending to take short naps throughout the night.

And Shirley says if you can’t enter the full challenge, just come down to support the teams and have a cup of tea. She says anyone over 8-years of age can have a shorter rowing session to raise money.

Tess says they have enough rowing machines, borrowed from the mainland, to allow anyone She says they’re aiming to raise £5,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance but the event is about encouraging fitness as well as fundraising, she says.

Sign up forms are available at the sports hall and you can enter a team as late at 6.55pm at the start of the event, a week on Friday.