Rugby League charity, ‘Try Assist’ formally known as RFL Benevolent Fund, hosted The Carnegie Rowing Challenge this week. The outstanding event involved individuals and teams rowing a marathon distance of 42,196 metres to raise money for the remarkable cause.
Inspirational sportsman Steve Prescott, former Great Britain aces Paul Sculthorpe, John Power and Kris Radlinski were just some of the sporting heroes that took part to show their dedication to the cause.
Participants also included rugby league players, coaches, referees, journalists and fans.
An out of breath Steve Prescott, former rugby league player and creator of the Steve Prescott foundation, had time to comment on the day mid row saying:
‘Try Assist needs all the time, help energy and effort people can give, they do great work with injured and sick players. With my illness, I have to keep myself fit and active, being healthy is all part of living life, I’ve got the London marathon next week, its all about the challenge”
In the corner of the Universities CRI Hall was Royce Gym, who managed to raise over £1000 towards the charity. The team were aiming to beat the indoor rowing world record of 2hours 28 minutes. They managed to complete the marathon row in an astonishing new world record time of 1hour 54minutes. The success of the gym will hopefully draw more attention towards ‘Try Assist’ as well as giving an enormous sense of achievement for the team.
John Power a remarkable man who benefits from the funds raised by Try Assist quoted on the day saying ‘I can honestly say I have never been apart of something so fantastic and among so many people who wanted to push themselves to their limits. ‘Try Assist’ is a great help to people like myself who have suffered severe injuries on the rugby field and to give something back is a great honour.’
Apart from the record-breaking team other exceptional performances came from the teams Warrington Wolves who complete the row in 2hours 20minutes, the Leeds Rhinos team in 2hours 40minutes, and the Steve Prescott Foundation in 2hours 42minutes. While Paul Sculthorpe completed all 26.2 miles solo in 2hours 36minutes.
Reporting by Mark Mitchell and Erin Mills