Brunel University Rowing Club's 24 hour rowing challenge
Brunel rowing have just started their annual 24 hour challenge where they set out to row non stop as a team for a whole day. This is in addition to an overarching challenge of rowing 2020 miles before their deadline of the 6th June.
Bikrum Dhillon is on the Team Brunel committee as well as being a member of the rowing club. He said: "Our target for these 24 hours is to row 250 000 meters as well as raising money for Sport Relief."
The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) started the challenge "Row Britannia" where universities are set the 2020 mile challenge, and although the original deadline was before the 13th of March, it has recently been pushed back to 6th of June.
The focus of the challenge is student mental health, fitness and wellbeing, and raising money for Sport Relief. The money raised will go to help vulnerable people in the UK and in the world's poorest countries.
Another member of the rowing club, Lewis Perry, did his first rowing slot at 3:30 this afternoon. He said "I have four 30 minute slots of rowing throughout these 24 hours. I hit 5500 meters in my first slot now, but I am aiming to hit at least 22 500 meters." His next slot is at 10pm tonight, then 6:30am and a final slot at 10am, so his next 24 hours are set to be extremely tough.
As soon as Lewis finished his first rowing slot, the next team member was ready to take over. The club have set up three rowing machines, where two of the machines are occupied by members of the club at all times, and the last one is free for anyone else who wants to contribute to this 'oarsome' challenge.