Gig rowers set for Channel challenge epic
An intrepid group of female rowers are entering their final weeks of training ahead of a cross-Channel challenge.
The eight women from Appledore Pilot Gig Club will row the English Channel while trying to raise the money for a new gig boat.
Supermarket chain Tesco will be supplying the crew of seven rowers and one cox with food for the weekend challenge next month.
Team member Naomi Cudmore, who is co-ordinating the crews's food lists, said: "There are lots of things which seem to have appeared on everyone's lists – bananas, gel shots and flapjack, for example."
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"And some slightly more unusual requests like strawberry liquorice. We have also asked for two thermos flasks and a plastic bucket – it's going to be a long six hours!"
The group are already more than half their £10,000 total, having raised around £5,100.
The team are also hoping to donate a percentage to Brain Tumour Research, after one member underwent surgery to remove a rare brain tumour in January.
Ladies captain, Natasha Acres, said: "It's an epic challenge but one that we're all really looking forward to.
"Gig rowing is not for the faint-hearted at the best of times as we're often racing in choppy seas.
"But to row in the Channel, so close to some of the mega-ships out there, will be just breathtaking."