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Rowers raise more than £2,700 in memory of aspiring cox

September 17th, 2018

A group of teenage friends have raised more than £2,700 in memory of an aspiring cox after tackling the gruelling Loch Ness rowing challenge.

Rowers from Monmouth School for Boys were on track to set a new record for rowing the length of the famous Loch until deteriorating conditions and technical difficulties put paid to their attempt on Saturday 15th September.

The money raised will go towards the cost of a new boat in honour of pupil, Tom, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in June, at the age of 13, and to Cancer Research Wales.

The J-16 coxed VIII rowers were among 15 boats who took part in the 22.7-mile challenge, called Monster the Loch, and the only junior entry.

The Monmouth boys demonstrated outstanding teamwork, skill and willpower during the epic row and overcame several setbacks in difficult conditions.

The Monmouth crew were an impressive seven minutes ahead of the record when, due to technical difficulties, they were forced to stop shortly before the finish.

The record for rowing Loch Ness, set by Peter Haining and George Parsonage in a flat water double 30 years ago, remains at two hours and 27 minutes.

Master in Charge of Rowing at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr John Griffiths, said: “The boys showed incredible teamwork and wonderful support for each other, and with Tom firmly in their thoughts, no-one wanted to give in.

“Unfortunately, the pump and bailers could not empty the water fast enough and so it was impossible for the boys to continue.

“Whilst records get broken, the memories and camaraderie from the experience will last for ever. The warmth and depth of support towards the boys – and the challenge – has been incredible.”

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