Rowing Irish Sea in aid of charity
11:00am Friday 22nd June 2012 in Pembrokeshire sports news
Llanion Warriors completed the Celtic Challenge by crossing the Irish Sea in a longboat last month to raise funds for charity organisations.
After four months of intense training throughout the very cold, wet dark months since January, our team of twelve rowers, set off in the early hours, to travel to Eire, to tackle the arduous Celtic Challenge. This biennial event pits 22 crews from all over Britain, Ireland and the continent, against each other, over the 100k from Arklow to Aberystwyth.
The Warriors’ team had a mix of old hands and rookies. The club’s chairman Richard Jelley, who was making his fourth crossing, led the team; the other crew included George Young , Steve Clack, Chris Harding, club safety officer, Mark Taylor, Glen Freebury and Barry Watts.
The apprehensive rookies included Ryan Hallett, Phil Langston, Adrian Rowlands, Tyenne Morgan and Debbie Davies.
This year the funds raised will be divided equally between three charities. The Paul Sartori Foundation, The Sunderland Trust and the Childrens’ Ward at Withybush Hospital.