Tough charity challenge for rowers

TWO rowers from the Lyme Regis Gig Club, Roger Brine and Neil Wittridge, will be taking on a 200-mile challenge to row from Ibiza to Barcelona this July.

The rowers will face three days and nights of non-stop ocean rowing, pitted in a race against other crews, all to raise money for the ‘NOMAN Is An Island’ charity.

The endurance row will test the two rowers, both in their 50s, to their limits as they will have to combat the blistering sun, fierce winds, fatigue and sea sickness. Although the two are experienced gig boat and Seine boat rowers, it is as much about mental capacity, as well as fitness and technique, that will help them reach their goal and cross the finish line first.

The pair each aim to raise £5,000 for NOMAN, a charity that raises awareness of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) related cancer in men and women while campaigning for universal vaccination. The parallels of the challenge reflect the charity’s aim; the race to end HPV, which 80 per cent of the worldwide population comes into contact with during their lifetime.

The intrepdid duo (pictured) told LymeOnline: “We’ve been preparing for this race for over 12 months now; fitness regimes, sea survival training and racing competitions.

“This is the one of the biggest challenges of our lives and we know it will be physically and mentally demanding for us both, but it’s for a cause that’s close to us. As so many people in the UK and around the world are affected by the HPV we’re asking for support from our local community to help us reach our target. We are funding this challenge ourselves so all sponsorship will be helping NOMAN and although we know times are difficult, every £1 can make a difference.”

Follow Roger and Neil’s NOMAN journey and pledge a donation via Pledgit.

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