Rowing legend rewards record breakers

Pudset bear recieving a charity cheque from a team of fund-raising firefightersBritain’s most successful female rower Katherine Grainger, CBE, MBE, presented a team of record-breakers with certificates to honour their achievement.

The ten-strong AF&RS team set a new British record last November for rowing one million metres – or 625 miles - on a Concept 2 rowing machine.

In the process, they raised more than £6,300 for the BBC Children In Need appeal.

The AF&RS team knocked more than 81 minutes off the previous record, completing the gruelling task in 64 hours, 30 minutes and 53.8 seconds.

It all happened in the Pit at Cabot Circus, ending on Children in Need night on Friday 16 November.

Olympic gold medallist Katherine visit AF&RS Headquarters to present certificates to the team and to hand over a cheque to the charity mascot, Pudsey the Bear.

Each of the AF&RS rowers had a dedicated supporter alongside them to record, witness and sign the individual performances in support of the record claim.

They people also received certificates from Katherine.

The rowers included eight serving AF&RS firefighters, one former AF&RS firefighter plus the 16-year-old son of one of the instigators of the event.

One of the organisers, Firefighter Mike Collin, said: “It was a truly remarkable effort from all members of the team.

He said the icing on the cake was when Katherine agreed to present the certificates.

“She responded so positively, we were absolutely delighted, and we are very grateful to her for giving up her time.”

A team of firefighters who raised thousands of pounds for children in need meet Olympic athlete Katherine Grainger and Pudsey the bear to celebrate their record breaking fund raising rowing event