30km Row at the Bear Grylls Survival Race

A few weeks ago, I got myself in a right pickle.  I was feeling really low, had very little money to survive and was wondering how I was going to get myself in a position to be physically, mentally and more importantly, financially able to row around Great Britain.

The final balance of my Round Great Britain Row deposit was due, and I was struggling to buy food let alone pay the remaining £2,000.

I was feeling truly crap!

Then came an offer to work at the Bear Grylls Survival Race in Manchester.  I was unsure whether to say yes, as I had arranged to see my dad that weekend, something that’d been in the diary for 6 weeks. But with the need for some financial income, I cancelled and said yes.

I’m constantly amazed at how the puzzle pieces of my life fit together.
At work in Manchester, I got chatting to the Managing Director of the race and he offered me 200 tickets for the Bear Grylls Race in London coming up in just 2 weeks.  I was to sell the tickets and all the proceeds would be donated towards my Great British Rowing Challenge. I snapped his hand off immediately and got straight to work.

95 tickets were sold for the ‘Atlantic Wave’, and along with donations on the day, a total of £1,199.12 was generated to put towards my challenge.

As the runners of the ‘Atlantic Wave’ ran the 30km obstacle course, I rowed 30km on my rowing machine, joined by 2 world record holders, Ian Wilde and Dimos Georgiades from Sub 7 Indoor Rowing Club.

The day was incredible!  And those horrible sad feelings?  They are long gone!
Deposit paid – I am back in the game!

Did I mention? I got a 10km personal best too! : )

Photos from the day can be found here.

Thank you to everyone that took part, supported and donated. I appreciate it so much x