Team BDHL smash through 100,000 meter row in 17 hours

16 September 2016

Earlier this week, the team at BDHL took on a 100,000 meter indoor row in order to raise money for ellenor, a charity providing support to the families of children with terminal illness. Fiona Blaxland, office administrator, reveals how it went in a blog.

An update from Fiona:

Team BDHL are delighted to announce that the indoor row took us 17 hours to complete. For an office of 10 people it is an amazing achievement that all of the team were able to row a considerable distance to make up the 100,000 meters.

We took on the row as part of the three month Flower Pot Accumulator Challenge set by the childrens’ charity ellenor. Ellenor is a Kent based charity that currently cares for over 200 families who have a child with a terminal illness.

The row took place at BDHL’s Lamberhurst office on Wednesday 14 September 2016. The challenge started at 08.30am with Directors Guy Jones followed by Caroline Weiss-Jones on the rowing machine. A rota was agreed prior to the event for all the team members so that we could continue to circulate throughout the meters.

Most of the team were slightly apprehensive about having to row such a long distance, however after our first stint on the machine the meters started clocking up. By 10.10am we had reached our first 10,000 meters.

It was at this point that despite training, we still had a monumental task ahead (bearing in mind the record for the 100,000 meters is around six hours). Team BDHL reached the half way point after about seven hours of continuous rowing and therefore took the opportunity to stop for a quick photograph!

BDHL row picture

There were some stand out performances, for example our sales representative James O’Neil, rowed an individual total of 30,000 meters and portfolio manager Brett Clifton, rowed one armed due to a shoulder injury.

Well done to the whole of Team BDHL and many thanks to everyone who has sponsored us. As it stands Team BDHL have raised a grand total of £1145.00.

If you’d like to continue to support the team at BDHL, you can do so by donating on their Just Giving page.