An oar-inspiring charity call

Chatsworth Country Fair, Sir Matthew Pinsent
Chatsworth Country Fair, Sir Matthew Pinsent

WIGAN folk are being urged to sign up for a new “oar-inspiring” fund-raising challenge for Cancer Research UK.

Men and women of all ages and abilities are being urged to enter the charity’s indoor rowing challenge - The Great Row - to raise money for vital research.

And it has the full backing of four-times Olympic gold medalist Sir Matthew Pinsent.

Landlubbers or water babies alike can get involved as participants complete the challenge on a rowing machine at their local gym and don’t need a boat to help beat cancer sooner.

The Great Row is part of Cancer Research UK’s three-year partnership with The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races which take place on the March 27. They have teamed up to help raise an ambitious £3m for the charity’s life-saving work.

Individuals or teams can choose to complete different levels of challenge from now until the March 26 with rowing distances starting from 2,000m and going up to a full marathon.

Sir Matthew said: “Setting yourself a challenge is a great way to get fit and you’ll see the rewards of training as your times get better and better. On top of that, it’s a great way to support Cancer Research UK’s work to beat cancer sooner and I really hope thousands of people join us and do their own Great Row.”

To enter visit or join the conversation on Twitter by following #TheGreatRow.