Cambridge school community rows the equivalent of 26 marathons in bid to raise money for rowing programme
On Saturday 20 May, over 150 students, their families and members of staff from St Mary’s School, Cambridge undertook a Million Metre Row challenge at the historic Goldie Boathouse in a bid to raise money for the school’s rowing programme.
Rowing the equivalent of 26 marathons (1 million metres) over the course of the day the students and their families rowed at least 16 kilometres each, with many of them coming back and adding to the total over the course of the day.
Students from Year 7 to Upper Sixth took part in the event, which saw Headmistress Ms Charlotte Avery joining in the occasion in high spirits. During the morning, the girls were joined by 10 members of the Cambridge University Boat Club, including Chief Coach and Olympian (Gold, Sydney 2000), Steve Trapmore MBE, who rowed alongside the girls as part of their training. During the afternoon, the winning Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club squad (which includes Tokyo 2020 hopefuls) also attended the event, with Rio 2016 Olympian, Claire Lambe (Ireland) rowing to help make up the distance. Claire and her fellow crew members not only inspired the girls with their experiences but found themselves being inspired by the girls and their determination, commenting that their enthusiasm was infectious.
Miss Julie Hogg, Head of Development & Fundraising, at St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “Since October, we have been running a weekend rowing programme for girls aged 12 to 16. The programme is proving so successful that we want to expand our offering so more students can participate. To enable this to happen we need to raise funds for more equipment as well as coaching resources.”
In order to accommodate more students into the school’s rowing programme, St Mary’s School, Cambridge is partnering with the City of Cambridge Rowing Club to replace and expand the existing boathouse. The new boathouse will be available to accommodate more students into the club by the summer of 2018. This expansion coincides with the school’s wider investment in sport this year with the substantial regeneration of the school’s sports ground, located on Long Road.
Ms Avery added: “Thank you to all of the girls and their families who took part in the event. I enjoyed playing my part, rowing alongside the girls and helping them to the 1 million metre mark. All monies raised will directly benefit our girls so we can continue to build our rowing offering. We have a really talented group of rowers and we want them to have the opportunity to compete at the Henley Women’s Regatta or the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in due course and the monies raised from the event will help us achieve this.”
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St Mary’s School, Cambridge is an independent girls’ day and boarding school educating students from age 4 to 18: stmaryscambridge.co.uk
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