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3 men in a boat

Chris Jeckells and two fellow Rotarians have completed a three-day 123 mile non-stop row.

Chris Jeckells and two fellow Rotarians have completed a three-day 123 mile non-stop row, paying homage to Jerome K Jerome's classic novel Three Men in a Boat.  The challenge was to row under all the navigable bridges of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads, totalling 23, suitable for hire craft.

Their adventure began at 12.45pm on Friday 18th August and finished at 12.46am on Sunday 20th August.  Various support vessels accompanied them throughout the journey collecting sponsorship on route.  The grand total raised was in excess of £20,000. which will be going to the Eye Clinic at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and other local Rotary Charities.

Chris Jeckells said; "Since I was shot in the eye when I was 11 years old I have been in and out of Hospitals, and both of the other rowers families have also had treatment in the eye department. We feel we owe Mr David Broadway and the excellent staff at the Norwich Hospital more than gratitude. I am President of The Rotary Club of Wroxham Bure Valley and wanted to do something challenging and slightly foolish to raise money for charity.  Jerome K Jerome's story appealed to me and the idea was born.  The journey was not only long but potentially dangerous over some very difficult water.  To our knowledge Breydon Water had never been crossed on a rowing boat.  We had a strict time table to adhere to work best with the tides. 

Date Added: September 18th 2007