Rowing: 16-year-old George rows Loch Ness!

A TEENAGER has rowed the equivalent of Loch Ness to raise money for a humanitarian trip to Sri Lanka.

George Irwin, 16, completed an endurance row of 36km in an impressive 3hrs 20mins on a Concept II rowing machine at Wilburs Gym.

“It was tough,” admitted George, who was cheered on by supporters in the closing stages. “But I had trained hard and am now glad to finish.

“I would like to thank Wilburs and their staff for being so supportive in this challenge and to their members for all their encouragement and some quite crazy comments too!”

The high street gym kindly allowed two machines to be used so that staff member Clare Thompson could row alongside the youngster.

Clare said: “George is a quality horseman and is used to a vey different form of seat! The Concept II is a tough piece of gym kit to train on but great for all over fitness.

“This was not just a test of physical strength though. Rowing for over three hours is also one of complete mental willpower and strength, especially when you are not actually going anywhere!”

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George, a Friends’ School pupil, took part in the challenge to raise money for his trip in July to Sri Lanka with World Challenge. During his stay he will be helping rebuild a school destroyed in the tsunami.