15th March 2001




Sporty staff and students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will take part in the country’s most ambitious rowing marathon tomorrow to raise money for Comic Relief.


The fund-raisers aim to row a total of 250 kilometres… but they don’t plan to get their feet wet. Instead they will use state-of-the-art rowing machines in the university’s fitness centre to rack up the ambitious distance.


“Other people in the UK are rowing to raise money but Comic Relief tell us that no-one’s aiming to row anywhere near as far as us,” said Mark Bradley, manager of the sports centre at the university’s Lincoln campus.


“Staff and students will be popping in throughout the day from 9 o’clock to row a few thousand metres and at the end of the day we’ll add up the grand total.”


Most participants say they will be performing the physical feat with their underpants outside their trousers – and some students will even be dressing up in drag to add some glamour to the occasion.


“I’m aiming to row 25 km, which should take me about two hours,” said Mark. “I’ve never rowed that distance before so I’ll be pretty exhausted and very chuffed if I manage to complete it. It’s going to be very hard indeed.”


The rowers are hoping that staff, students ands visitors will turn out to support them and to donate money to Comic Relief.


Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985 on Noel Edmonds’ ‘Late, Late Breakfast Show’ on BBC1, in response to the famine in Ethiopia.

The first Red Nose Day in 1988 was fronted by Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Ross and raised more than £15 million. Since then Comic Relief has produced six more Red Nose Days and raised more than £174 million. The last Red Nose Day in 1999 raised a record total of over £35 million.

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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