GWA Indoor Rowing Challenge for Cancer Research


Financial adviser Mark Harrison recently organised a staff rowing competition to raise cash for Cancer Research. The competition, which was part of the ‘Great British Rowing Challenge’, was to see who could row the furthest distance over a period of 2 minutes on a Concept 2 Rowing machine which Mark brought into the Berwick-upon-Tweed office from 4th to 13th April. About 30 brave members of staff took part. Andrew Dixon won the Men’s competition with a distance of 607 metres and Amber Thomas was the winning lady with a distance of 504 metres.

Mark himself undertook a separate challenge. He rowed the University Boat Race distance (4miles 374 yards) on the machine and asked people to support him through donations or by paying £1 to guess his time. He completed the challenge in an admirable 28mins and 48 seconds. Mark was spurred on to organise the challenge after a close family member was recently diagnosed with early stage cancer. Rowing is a big interest in the Harrison household – Mark’s son Cameron rows full time and is currently part of the development squad for Team GB aiming for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. In total Mark was delighted to raise almost £600 for the cancer charity and would like to thank everyone who supported him financially and by taking part in the competition.

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