For many the clocks going back meant an extra hour in bed – not for Trinity Hall Boat Club. Instead it meant an extra hour to row as they undertook a 25 hour ergothon to raise funds for the refurbishment of their boathouse and for national charity “Cardiac Risk in the Young”.
Double Olympic gold medallist, Tom James, who studied at Trinity Hall from 2002-2007 returned to College to help launch the event. He is a patron of the charity and spoke about the two causes: “CRY’s goal is to provide preventative measures to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, cardiac complications that arise in children each year and particularly those that tragically end in death. Through sport in particular, CRY has built many successful bridges to bring awareness and support to its causes. The THBC ergothon is just such an event: it will help generate funds which will support CRY and of course the much needed refurbishment of the College’s Boathouse. This has been a great way to collaborate on important goals.”
As the new Master of the College counted down to the midday start, there was a great atmosphere. As the sun shone an extra erg outside meant that those new to rowing could give it a go as the ergothon took place. There were even biscuits designed as Trinity Hall blades being sold.
Over 75 students and former members of the Boat Club got involved. There were regular progress updates of how far they had rowed: half way through and they had got as far as the Angel of the North (321km); three quarters of the way through and they had got as far as Belfast. The aim was to reach Denmark and by the end of the 25 hours the club had just made it: 646.1km in total. As the countdown clock stopped £2,121 had been raised and this total has kept climbing so the total is nearer £2,500. We are grateful to everyone who has shown their support. Page no longer available
The club are pleased to have been able to do their bit to help improve their facilities and also to support a charity undertaking critical work. THBC Captain for this year, Hannah Karet commented: “It is hugely rewarding to know that we are helping to support two really worthwhile causes. Thank you to everyone that took part, came and cheered us on and donated!”