At noon on Wednesday 23rd Will Homer will climb onto an ergometer (rowing machine) for what will be one of the biggest challenges of his rowing career. The Ship Science student from the University of Southampton, hopes to cover the furthest distance on a rowing machine in a 24 hour period ever achieved by a man in his age category. No stranger to a challenge, Will has already rowed the channel with Blue Peter, attempted to row around the UK with GBRow and also used to hold the UK under 18 record for the fastest marathon on a rowing machine.
Will attempted the same challenge a year ago with little preparation and sadly only managed to reach the twenty second hour before he collapsed. Despite this setback he continued to train hard and joined the University Boat Club. When contemplating his past it should really come as no surprise that Will is at it again and looking to break a bigger record. Now in the 20-29 Lwt category which was broken a month ago by a rower in Nottingham the record currently stands at 263,396m. A distance that would take you from London to Manchester; it’s certainly not a challenge for the fainthearted.
In contrast to his last challenge Will is well prepared with an hour by hour plan of the distances he must row, when to take breaks and what to eat. Furthermore Maximuscle have sponsored Will by supplying a selection of supplements to help get him through the challenge. The record aside Will is also raising money for Orchid which is a male cancer charity. Based in the reception area of the SU Building and on the same night as ‘I Love College’ there will be endless opportunities to come and see how he’s doing, donate and cheer him on.
An interview with the young rower will be available on Surge Radio News soon.