The members of Hull University Boat Club will be completing a continuous 24 HOUR ROW, starting this afternoon and rowing through the night. Tomorrow the rowers will be moving to St. Stephen’s shopping centre in Hull, but the rowing won’t stop during the transition, we will have people in place ready to take over at the checkpoint.
Last year our members rowed an incredible 660,684 meters, an increase of over 37,000 meters from the previous year. This year our target is to hit the 675,000 meter mark, to show our member’s strength and endurance.
We would be so so grateful if you could sponsor and support us in helping us to reach our target! You will be able to watch us from the live stream links along the way! As well as raising money for ourselves, we are also donating 15% of our total to the British Heart Foundation, a good cause close to our hearts.
Please read on to find out more about us...
Hull University Boat Club was founded in 1947, and is treasured by a close community of over 80 rowers. We facilitate rowing and coxing for many different types of athlete ranging from beginners to intermediate rowers, whilst aiming to enable everyone to reach their full potential and subsequently put our club on the map.
Unfortunately, in recent years our own local boat house has been repeatedly vandalised and set on fire- being ultimately closed and deemed unfit for purpose through no fault of our own. Our determination and love for rowing, however, has spurred us on to find somewhere else to row. We now row with Doncaster Rowing Club, using their equipment and hoping for a time where we can afford to refurbish our boat house and build up a fleet of boats again (a far-fetched dream).
Despite now having settled in with Doncaster Rowing Club, where we travel 50 miles to row on the River Don 3 times a week, we struggle to support our rowers. Alongside limited training time and expensive fuel costs, we lack proper coaching. Our student Captains are tasked with juggling their coaching roles with busy University schedules- and must give up so much of their rowing time to support their teammates. Most importantly, unlike almost every other University Club in the country, we are entirely self-funded and receive no external support.
Nevertheless, this year holds great promise for many crews within our men's and woman's squads. At White Rose Head 2016, our Fresher Men's 8+ won their first ever race, beating University clubs with much more support and expertise than our own through their own grit and determination. This is the first time freshers in our club has won at a BUCS event, and we do not want our talented rowers to be let down by our lack of finance.
Fundraising events are, therefore, essential for the survival of our club. As we undertake a range of performance related challenges throughout the year, we depend heavily on the generosity of donors to supplement our financial struggles. Without your support, we simply will not be able to remain a competitive club. We ask you to understand our cause and help us continue to provide a platform upon which University rowers can try a new sport, make friends and experience competitive success.
We promise to give 15% of all donations to the British Heart Foundation, a charity we have supported with our fundraising events for a few years now. Any funds we raise will go directly towards acquiring new equipment and ensuring that we can afford to send rowers, coxes and our dedicated squad captains to Doncaster for training and to races around the country.