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University of Northampton Accepts Rowing Challenge

Written by on February 11, 2020

Students and staff from the University of Northampton have accepted the task of tackling a 2,020-mile rowing challenge to raise money for Sport Relief.

The University has signed up for the Row Britannia challenge, which sees universities and colleges across the country try to complete the 2,020-mile feat before Friday 13 March.

Rowing machines will be set up in the Learning Hub at Waterside Campus, from Monday 17 February, with staff, students, and the Northampton community encouraged to row for a mile in return for a minimum £1 donation.

It’s hoped the nationwide challenge will raise at least over a million pounds for Sport Relief, which will use the money to support mental health charities.

Dr Peter Jones, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, said: “We are challenging students, including their sports teams, staff and visitors to the University to complete a mile for Row Britannia.

“To put it into perspective, the 2,020-mile target distance is the equivalent of rowing from Northampton to Iceland and back, so it’s a huge challenge, but I’m confident we’ll smash it and raise much-needed funds for Sport Relief charities.”

Participants can turn up and complete their mile, or book a slot by visiting the rowing area. They can donate cash in person, or via the JustGiving page.

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