Over one hundred and forty King’s Worcester Rowers finished the year off with a bang after completing their annual One Million Metre Charity Rowing challenge in just over 17 hours, raising over £5,250 so far for the charity Mind.
The exhausting challenge, which is now in its eighth year, saw pupils starting at 4pm on the last Wednesday of term and rowing the equivalent of six hundred and twenty miles (one million metres) in just 17 hours. Held in the King’s Michael Baker Boathouse, the pupils worked in shifts to row five-minute intervals continuously for an hour at a time.
The challenge, which has raised over £35,000 in the last six years for various charities, involves pupils of all ages at the school. The final leg of the challenge saw over 50 fifth and sixth formers (Years 11- 13) staying overnight and camping on the Boathouse floor, whilst taking it in turns to keep the rowing ergos going continuously.
This year the pupils raised money for The Mind Charity, a charity chosen by the pupils to support those experiencing mental health problems. Donations can be made via The Boathouse Virgin Money Giving page.
Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers explained, “It’s such an enjoyable event to be a part of and a real team effort. The atmosphere is buzzing and everyone loves to be involved and do their miles. Whilst this year’s event was unable to welcome the usual finale of supporters from staff, ex-pupils and non-rowing pupils, the support on social media has been phenomenal. It’s a great King’s community event and the pupils are always so committed to this every year and the bonus is raising so much for our chosen charities too.”
Captain of Boats, Luke B commented, “It’s been an exhausting evening but totally worth every second of the sleep deprivation. After such a long period of not being together, this was a great end to the term.” Captain of Boats Alice, who has recently received a full rowing scholarship to Stanford, California, added, “The atmosphere was epic and rowing at 3 am in the morning with others is a great way to forge team bonds.”
A spokesperson, Bekah from Mind Charity commented, “What an incredible achievement, thank you for organising this charity in aid of Mind. We couldn’t do the work we do without supporters like you.”