Rowers from Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club put down their oars and tied their shoe laces, as 6 club members took to the streets of Southampton for the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k race last weekend.
After seeing the inspiring involvement and participation Southampton clubs had at last years event, the group decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to get involved, raise money for good causes and complete a bit of cross training.
16-year-olds Joe Robertson and Jamie Gamble have already successfully raced in Novice Sculls and J/S Fours this season, but taking part in the 10k event would be a first for them. Jamie proved to be the quicker of the 2, running an absolute storm to complete the 6.2 mile course in 42 minutes. Joe meanwhile also ran a fantastic race, completing the distance in 57 minutes. Earning his medal rounded off a great few months of training for him which has seen him lose 3 stone in the process.
Meanwhile Stella Gamble and Lisa Robertson were also out on the 10k course. Stella was competing in her first ever run and did extremely well to finish in a very strong time of 58 minutes. Lisa has done many distance runs before, but decided to do the 10k having been caught up with both illness and injury in the last few months – she ran a great time of 56 minutes.
Alex Robertson was entered in the half marathon and despite struggling from the off and not getting close to a PB, he was happy to get round and finish in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes.
The final result of the day was unquestionably the most impressive. Joe Evans-Murray was on the start line for the full marathon. In a fashion typical of Joe, he put himself in the hurt locker from the onset, keeping a very competitive pace that saw him complete the twice round half marathon course in a staggering 3 hours 23 minutes. A feat that was both unsurprising for Joe and impressive given he had admitted he had only done up to 15 miles in training.
The day was a fantastic one for the club, as members joined together to do something a little different and raise money for respective charities. The event also displayed the fantastic efforts of all four Southampton rowing clubs, who had members marshaling the course.