Local rower attempting Guinness World Record for Love Your Hospital
On 4th December 2014 Neal Marsh, a member of Worthing Rowing Club and Atlantic Splash skipper, will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continual indoor rowing. He will be doing this at Worthing Hospital in aid of Love Your Hospital.
Stuart Cleary of Queensland, Australia, holds the current world record after managing to row for three days and six hours. Neal is aiming to beat this record and hopes to raise at least £5,000 for Love Your Hospital.
In the run up to the event Neal has been on an extensive training regime. This has included training 1-2 times a day, losing over 12kg of body fat and running a double marathon from Littlehampton to Bexhill. Neal also has to mentally prepare himself for the challenge andis practicing meditation in order to cope with the lack of sleep and extreme cramps in his lower back and legs.
Neal comments “I am very excited to be attempting a world record, there is a huge buzz when training for something that will hopefully raise money for a great local cause. I do have nerves and have been haunted by the thought of falling off the rowing machine and not being able to continue but I am very lucky to have a fantastic support team who will help keep me fed, awake and motivated throughout the challenge.”
This isn't the first feat of endurance Neal has attempted in aid of charity. On 4th December it will be a year since he and his five strong team attempted The Talisker Whisky Atlantic challenge, whereby they set off from the Canaries Islands and attempted to row across the Atlantic Ocean to the finish in Antigua. The team aimed to raise £200,000 to cover the costs of the challenge and to support four charities: The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, The Tall Ships Youth Trust, The British Heart Foundation and the Macular Disease Society. Unfortunately, after rowing for six days straight, the team had to abandon their Atlantic challenge dueto unprecedented storms. However, Neal has every intention of attempting the challenge again and he sees this latest trial as a step towards this.
Neal spent 18 months running the campaign to raise funds for the challenge, with much of the funds raised from local businesses and individuals, including JSPC Computer Services who were also pivotal in retrieving the Atlantic Splash boat and bringing it back to the Canaries.
Neal has thrown himself into this next challenge to give something back to his supporters, sponsors and local community. “Love Your Hospital seemed to be the perfect local cause,” comments Neal. “Especially since my own children have been in need of the Hospital’s services a number of times over the years due to various sporting injuries.”
Love Your Hospital is a charity that supports the patients, families and staff at Chichester and Worthing Hospital by providing equipment and facilities that are not provided by NHS funding or other sources.
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