An ‘Oar-some’ Day as Pupils Tackle Row-athon

1st May 2018

It’s the world’s toughest row and, for one day only, children from Cundall Manor School found out just what it takes to row the Atlantic with help from the Row4Victory crew.

Over 250 children aged from six to fifteen, had the opportunity to test their mettle as they competed in a House rowing competition organised by the Row4Victory crew and the North Yorkshire School.

The 4-man crew are set to take on the daunting 3,000 nautical mile trip across the Atlantic in December 2018 as part of the inaugural Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The crew will also raise funds in support of the Royal British Legion and Soldier On.

Currently, fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have travelled into space or climbed Mount Everest.

Described as the “world’s toughest row”, the team will start in La Gomera, Canary Islands, and finish in Antigua.

The team paid Cundall Manor School, near York, a visit to encourage children to get involved with rowing and to tell the children a little more about the great work charities that support ex-servicemen and servicewomen do.

The crew are friends from across Yorkshire and represent all areas of the military. Will Quarmby, Fraser Mowlem RAF, Glyn Sadler former Royal Marines Commando and Duncan Roy former Royal Engineer are currently raising awareness about the challenge while training relentlessly in preparation for the event.

Fraser Mowlem, from the team, said: “When I was initially asked if I would row the Atlantic as part of a team, I was truly humbled, scared and also really rather excited.

“I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so quickly agreed to join the team.”

“2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and so it seemed obvious to us that Row4Victory should be in support of the Royal British Legion.”

The team will attempt to win the four-man concept class race and smash the current race record. The race could take between 29 and 70 days with the team rowing two hours shifts in pairs and will be completely unsupported and self-sufficient.

Pupils from the North Yorkshire School took part in a 3-minute dash to see which house could travel the furthest with the Tudors claiming the top prize.

Over 250 pupils competed for their House on the same machines the crew have been training on, with everyone from Year 2 to Year 10 getting the opportunity to compete.

Head of Key Stage 2 at the school, Stuart Bayne, helped arrange the event. He said: “The House Row-athon was a wonderful event. It is always a pleasure to see all our children engaging in such a fun and worthy cause.”

To find out more about the Row4Victory team and how you can support them on their journey across the Atlantic, visit