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Posted on: 6/11/2017

DGSB Record-Breaking Relay Rowers

For three DGSB sixth formers, October half term was spent not relaxing but smashing records and raising money at Deal Rowing Club. Tom Barwell, Emma Boccolini and Megan Tribe joined former DGSB student William Darlington and Victoria Ward, of Goodwin Academy in Deal, to take on record breaking rows, challenge themselves personally and raise money for charity in the process. The girls deprived themselves of sleep in a rowing machine relay that lasted a whopping 84hrs, covering 318 miles (the equivalent of rowing from Deal to Lands End) and smashing the current record by a massive two hours.  Moral support was given by club members and in the form of Megan's mum, Karen Tribe, who made the girls a dinner of rice and bolognese to keep them going!  Watching motivational films while rowing helped spur them on, to the point that Emma commented 'when we stopped to sleep, you still felt like you were doing it', while Megan said 'It was the hardest four days of my life, but I'm so proud of us all'. The girls, however, were not the only ones taking on a challenge, as Tom and William attempted the longest continuous row for their age group - 44 hours 30 mins for Tom and 52 hours for William - a challenge they named as 'The Last Man Erging Challenge'.  Tom said 'We have always loved and enjoyed pushing ourselves and are constantly looking for new challenges, so we decided to create an event of our own'.   However, in it's fledgling year, sleep deprivation and diet issues proved fatal, and despite valiant efforts Tom stated 'Our bodies just gave up'.   However, Tom still managed to set a new British record at 24hrs and 15mins, coming just seven months after breaking another British record for the fastest 5000 metres on a rowing machine. Tom and William were rowing in memory of Tom's uncle, who sadly died from cancer earlier this year. All funds raised, currently £1720, will be donated to both Cancer Research and Deal Rowing Club and donations can still be made via 'justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lastmanergingchallenge'. 'The Last Man Erging Challenge' is planned to continue as an annual event, open to both the public as well as club members.
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