Gig club members complete Mediterranean charity row

Neil Wittridge and Roger Brine from Lyme Regis Gig Club (pictured far right) with their team mates having completed the row

TWO members of Lyme Regis Gig Club completed a 75-mile charity row in the Mediterranean last month.

Roger Brine and Neil Wittridge were among a team of five, named Team Endurance, to compete in the NOMAN Is An Island race to raise awareness of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) related cancer in men and women while campaigning for a universal vaccination.

The parallels of the challenge reflected 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 race was initially set to take place over a 200-mile route between Ibiza and Barcelona, but adverse weather conditions meant it had to be cut to a 75-mile course from Palma, Mallorca, to Barcelona.

Neil commented: “Given that the conditions were not perfect – quite a lot of wind and a fairly substantial swell – Team Endurance powered off the start line at 10am on Monday, July 29, took an early lead and were never caught, crossing the finishing line at 2.58am Tuesday, July 30, a time of 16 hours 58 minutes and almost two hours clear of the second boat home.

“Any initial disappointment at not being able to complete the intended row was forgotten in what was a truly exhilarating experience.

“We would like to thank our team mates, Marty and Steve from New Zealand and Marcel from Holland, who it was a pleasure and privilege to row with.

“We would also like to thank the people of Lyme Regis for their support. To date between us we have raised just over £8,000 for the Noman Is An Island charity.”

You can still sponsor the team by visiting and searching for Neil Wittridge or Roger Brine.

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