Long Night For Rowvember Teams

A group of islanders has been up all night, raising cash for the Cornwall Air Ambulance with a sponsored 24-hour row.

Four teams of six rowers have entered the ‘Rowvember’ challenge on Ergo-rowing machines at the new sports hall.

The event started last night at 7pm and will end at 7pm this evening.

Organiser, Tess Lloyd, who is also in one of the teams, says the rowing has actually been fine, but it’s the lack of sleep that is starting to take its toll.

Tess said everyone has just tried to get some sleep where they can. And she thinks it’ll only take one drink at the after-event gig tonight before everyone is asleep!

From Radio Scilly

Tess Lloyd and Craig Dryden talk to Radio Scilly

They had fewer entrants than planned as sickness affected some competitors, so they ended up amalgamating the teams.

Early this morning, the Coastguards appeared to be flying ahead. Tess said their team decided to use a strategy where they split the team in two, with three members doing the night shift and three rowing today.

But she said the other teams are all within a few hundred metres of each other.

Another competitor, Craig Dryden, told us it’d been a long night and a tough challenge. He hadn’t managed to get any sleep and his approach is just, “to zone out while listening to the Smiths” on his ipod.

He said he’s enjoyed the rowing though and he thinks he’s done quite well on distance.

Tess says she’d encourage people to come along and give some money to the cause today, and many entrants have also set up ‘Just Giving’ pages for donations.

Islanders are also invited to row on one of the machines for as long as they like for a £10 donation.

After the rowing challenge ends this evening, there’ll be an evening of music at the Old Town Inn with the band Roadrunner.