Two keen indoor rowers have set a new world record and raised money for a local charity.
On the 24th March 2018, Meurice ‘Mo’ Robinson, 40, and Keith Darby, 41, took on a 100,000m tandem indoor row challenge on a concept2 machine, hoping to beat the world record of 6 hours, 15 minutes and 8 seconds while also fundraising for Havens Hospices which incorporates Fair Havens Hospice for adults, Little Havens Hospice for children and The J’s Hospice for young people.
Keith set the individual world record for the 100,000m in the 40+ lightweight category and is also the current British record holder for a half marathon. Mo’s passion for rowing began when he purchased Hockley Gym he has competed in numerous British and English indoor rowing championships and is a bronze and silver medallist.
To beat the tandem world record, Mo and Keith needed to row at a pace quicker than 1:52 minutes per 500m and decided to row this relay style – switching every 1000m. This technique proved to be very successful; the duo not only broke the record, but also set a time that is going to be very hard to beat in the future! They achieved a time of 5 hours 59 minutes and 18 seconds, beating the former record by 15 minutes and 50 seconds. They have also raised over £600 so far for the charity.
Mo said, “This was a difficult challenge for both of us, but knowing that we were raising important funds for a charity that cares for those with life-limiting illnesses motivated us to keep going and to become world record holders. Many of our members actually volunteer for the charity; so we have learnt from them how vital the care they provide is. I’d like to thank all our amazing members who not only sponsored us but also cheered us on throughout the day; especially as we were getting near the end and was starting to feel the ‘burn’!”
Carmel Hudson, Community Fundraising Manager for Havens Hospices “We must raise over £100,000 every week to be there for everyone who needs us. We exist because of our amazing supporters like Mo and Keith who fundraise their way, by taking on this challenge they are not only world record holders, but they are also ‘Making every day count’ for the adults, young people and children we care for. So on behalf of everyone here at Havens Hospices – thank you.”
To find out more about how you can fundraise your way please visit – www.havenshospices.org.uk/fundraising