On Sunday 6th January Borlase Rowing held their bi-annual rowathon. The rowathon is one of the clubs largest fundraisers. As well as raising money to purchase vital equipment for our athletes to train and race in we also donate money to charities. This year we chose to donate to Making Marlow Dementia Friendly (MMDA) and the Mayors Charity for Children's Mental Health.
Borlase rowing had over 120 athletes from year 9 to year 13 racing all day in 12 different teams. We also had a parents team and a coaches team. Each team had a target split to try and hold throughout the day and the team closest to this split would be crowned rowathon champions 2020!
We had live updates on our teams progress throughout the day projected on the wall. All of our teams rowed over 100km in the day with the total distance at just under 1.4 Million meters!
Our athletes were generously sponsored by friends and family and we are hoping to raise enough to purchase 2 new racing single sculls for our rowers to train and race in. The whole squad will benefit from these purchases.
Year 9+10 Squads
Our current singles which are in good condition will immediately be freed up for our year 9 and 10 squads to use for everyday training, which we have never had the luxury of before. These year 9's will be the first group we have had with regular access to single sculls. Training in a single scull teaches you so much more boat skill and technique than being in a big, comfortable, stable octuple. This will bring the standard of the junior squads on hugely. Some of these rowers have already been identified to have the potential to be selected to race at the GB trails next season. The new boats will be available for these rowers to compete at the trails when they get in to year 11 and something for all of our junior squads to aspire to race and compete in.
Next season we could have up to 12 athletes invited to race at the first set of Great Britain Trials in Boston. This year we have 6/7 rowers who may be invited to trial and have been fortunate enough to rely on the generosity of some of our ex rowers to lend singles for us to use. The purchase of these new racing singles will be vital if we are to offer our current squads the equipment needed to fulfil their aspirations.
We were fortunate enough to have a visit from the Mayor of Marlow, Richard Scott.
Here are the total distances rowed by our teams during the day. Our parents team came out as winners and were crowned champions, well done to them and well done to everyone who contributed to the fundraising efforts.