Magnificent seven hope for rowing world record

PUBLISHED: 09:37 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 25 September 2013

Steepholme Pirates

Steepholme Pirates

Steepholme Pirates

SEVEN Weston men will attempt to set a new world record this weekend in memory of a brave 11-year-old girl who died of bone cancer last year.

Friends Shaun Callaghan, Tony Slingsby, Neale Jarrett, Gareth Hiscock, David Hetherington, Gary Thorne and Derek Hannam will take it in turns to row non-stop for 24 hours.

The former Worle Community School and Broadoak pupils hope to steer the Steepholme Pirates to an indoor rowing world record for people aged 40-50 and with a minimum weight of 75kg.

The group is raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of Mary Collard.

Mary, who was a member of Weston’s Swimming Club and the town’s Act One drama group, lost her battle with the illness in 2012.

Mr Hetherington said the group were confident they could do their bit to help.

He said: “The magnificent seven will aim to row approximately 50 to 60 sessions each during the 24 hours, with changeovers ensuring the continuous spinning of the rowing machines wheel.

“Training has been ongoing since the spring and the pirates are confident of success.

“I’m a bit nervous and apprehensive I suppose but we have put the training in so touch wood we should be fine. Obviously we haven’t practised for that length of time though.”

Mr Callaghan holds a national indoor rowing record and will host the challenge at his home in Arundell Road, starting at 10am on Saturday.

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