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Jill's Incredible Rowing Challenge to Barbados
Published date: 12 December 2018 by Marc Dwyer
Last month we had a phone call from Jill Henry, who said she wanted to raise funds for Zoë's Place by rowing to Barbados on a static rower. We were even more impressed when Jill told us she is 66 years old!
Jill explained: "The challenge started in my local gym I love the rowing machine I had just come back from holiday in Barbados and my personal trainer jokingly said you should Row the Atlantic. After a bit of research on google we discovered it was 5,111 kilometres so not wanting to shy away from the challenge I said ok let's give it a go and we took if from there. It took me 18 months from start to finish and towards the end I decided I wanted to raise money for a local charity I chose Zoë's Place because it is such a wonderful charity what you all do there is so wonderful and bless you all.
I struggled for the last 1000 kilometres but I was spurred on by my husband and my gym instructor there was no way I was going to give up. Throughout the 18 months I used my concept 2 rower at home and also the one in the gym. I had been sending Dan my trainer screenshots of all my rows at home and he had been keeping track for me. I completed the challenge at the gym with Dan and was relieved and proud that i had finished. Overall I really enjoyed the challenge. I would love to thank Dan Wilcox my husband Joe Henry and my family and friends who all spurred me on and donated."
I'm thinking of cycling round the world on a static bike with two other friends next year all being well I will let you know.
Jill raised an amazing £1000 through her challenge, on behalf of everyone at Zoë's Place thank you very much!
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