Thursday, 28 October 2021

Mayor challenges World Champion to ergo test

A FORMER GB rower, the Mayor of Henley and a bank manager took part in a charity rowing challenge

A FORMER GB rower, the Mayor of Henley and a bank manager took part in a charity rowing challenge.

They had to row 2km on ergos set up in Market Place as part of an event to raise money for the Henley Regatta for the Disabled, organised by the NatWest bank in Henley.

Passers-by were then invited to do the same - in return for a donation - with the winners of the fastest times in the men's, women's and junior categories winning prizes.

The first race involved former Olympian Tony Garbett, who now works as a fitness trainer, Mayor Lorraine Hillier, Ian Tritton, chairman of the Regatta for the Disabled, and Howard Feather, manager of the NatWest branch.

The Mayor, who completed her row in 11 minutes and 30 seconds, said: ?It was very hard but an interesting experience. I have full appreciation for rowers because I never realised how hard it was. They make it look effortless on the water. I thought it was only the upper body but it?s the legs as well."

Mr Tritton said: ?I found the row okay. I have not rowed competitively for a long time or had any practice. It?s fantastic that NatWest are doing this. We rely on funds such as this."

Mr Feather said: ?Henley has a great connection with rowing so we thought it would be a great event for a great cause.?

Olly Barkley, a former England rugby union international, was there to support the event along with Nick Roullier, who led the campaign to save the LA Fitness gym.

There was also a raffle to win one of the rowing machines, which were supplied by WaterRower.

The Regatta for the Disabled takes place at Phyllis Court Club takes on Saturday.

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