On a mission to become the first people to row 100km within 48 hours in a traditional Thames Waterman Cutter taxi boat, 4 colleagues from Royal London took it to the next level to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Back when London Bridge was the only way to cross the Thames, the Waterman Cutter is not the lean, streamlined boat you would expect for a long distance rowing race. In preparation for the event, the team of 6 rowed more than 2.5 million metres on indoor rowers, but only had a single day on the water to practice for the event itself. The 100 kilometre row spanned 48 hours and took in the Thames Estuary, Greenwich and Richmond.
Speaking about the event, and the motivation to sign up for it, Jon Taylor, RLPS Managing Director, explained:
“A lot of people in Royal London have done so many things to raise money for our charity. I wanted to organise something completely different that was also both challenging and memorable. It was certainly both of those. Despite all of the training we still found the event far tougher than I had imagined. I think at some point each of us wondered if we would be able to complete the event. In the end, it was more about the mental challenge than the physical one and as long as you have someone in the boat supporting you it’s possible to keep going.
We had terrific support from colleagues and also suppliers who were all very generous in their sponsorship.
I have to say that the decision to race at the end was an exhausting one! I suppose that’s what happens when you put six competitive people in a boat and a finishing line!”
Gary Clapham, Head of Risk for Life and Pensions, added:
“We had to train incredibly hard for the event. Despite the size of the task, we were desperate to succeed; to ensure that we were worthy of the significant donation that family, friends, colleagues, business partners and complete strangers had made. I am glad we did them proud.”
The team has raised an incredible £17,000 to support Royal London's efforts to raise enough money to send families affected by blood cancer on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris.