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Somerset oarsmen take the Thames 24 challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:19 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:07 05 April 2013

Former Royal Marines Brigadier Jeremy Robbins, 2nd Thames Challenge

Former Royal Marines Brigadier Jeremy Robbins, 2nd Thames Challenge

Steve Swan and Jeremy Robbins are attempting to row 125 miles in 24 hours along the non-tidal Thames from Lechlade to Teddington in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust

Somerset rowers take the Thames 24 challenge


Steve Swan and Jeremy Robbins are attempting to row 125 miles in 24 hours along the non-tidal Thames from Lechlade to Teddington in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust

On Tuesday 21 May two Somerset adventurers will attempt to row the non tidal section of the River Thames from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to the tidal lock at Teddington in 24 hours. The challenge of rowing the Thames in 24 hours is a continuation of a rowing the River Thames theme that was the idea of local business man and landscape architect Steve Swan. He first rowed it solo in 2009 in a single scull for the Soldier, Sailor, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and was a leading player in the successful row undertaken by the Royal Marines recovery troop from Norton Manor Camp in 2011.

To date he has helped raise over 20,000 for service charities and hopes to continue in that spirit with Thames24. Steve has been joined by his friend and former Royal Marines Brigadier Jeremy Robbins who lives in Ashbrittle. Steve Swan said through family, friends and my connections in Taunton I have a deep affiliation to the services. Im proud 40 Commando are located in Taunton and feel there is a lot to offer the Armed Forces here. The proximity of Devon and Somerset to the sea and Exmoor provides an ideal environment for military training; it is this training that has resulted in our boys being prepared for whatever challenges world events throw at them. It is their dedication that inspires us to attempt this challenge. I try to use my passion for rowing to support them. We hope you will log onto the web site and make a small contribution in support."

eremy Robbins said my family and I have travelled the world in military service, but we have always returned to our family home on the Devon/Somerset border. Here we are mid-way between two spectacular coasts, on the edge of Exmoor, and with Dartmoor not far away. I returned to rowing on Wimbleball Lake, a hidden gem on the edge of Exmoor, after a 33 year break which corresponded with my time in the RM bullied by Steve! All 3 of my children 2 medics and a vet, now row, so we can put out a family Four. The RMCTF is clearly a charity very much at my heart, supporting service personnel and their families from all 3 services who serve with the Royal Marines, and the Royal Marines family. Those family ties are extremely strongand special, and we are grateful for all the internal and external support to the extended Royal Marines family. Royal Marines life is about challenging yourself and others. This challenge is one you can join or support, with all proceeds, and a lot of blood (blisters), sweat, but hopefully not too may tears from Steve and I, going directly to support a very worthy cause.

HOW CAN I HELP?
Organise a sponsored indoor row or any other competition at your rowing club, school, RMCCF unit, Sea Cadets, Gym or personally. Row some or all of the equivalent strokes, run, cycle etc. and raise money for our worthy cause Give us a cheer along the river or at the locks or join us on the water, walk or cycle a stretch of the Thames Path with us near your base, home or club
Donate at www.justgiving.com/Thames24. Our aim is to raise 1 stroke, but any amount is welcome, even a penny, 5p or 10p, for any number of strokes
Buy the specially brewed beer Thames24 from Masters Brewery www.mastersbrewery.co.uk, 24p per bottle will be donated to the RMCTF

For information go to www.thames24.co.uk


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