Rower in world record bid for youth charity

Nick Wright during his charity row for Over the Wall. Picture: Sarah Standing
Nick Wright during his charity row for Over the Wall. Picture: Sarah Standing
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DETERMINED Nick Wright is straining every sinew in a bid to beat a rowing world record.

The 47-year-old  jumped into the saddle of a rowing machine in an attempt to cover the longest distance in a 24-hour period. 

Andy Williams, left, and Nick Wright with the boat they will be on during the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December

Andy Williams, left, and Nick Wright with the boat they will be on during the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December

The Thorney Island man has taken part in his charity effort for Over the Wall.

The charity provides life-changing activity camps for children, teenagers, and families living with serious health conditions. 

Nick is just one member of a team set to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in December for the Talisker Whisky Challenge and wants to break a static rowing record before he sets off.

Nick began rowing on a static machine yesterday morning and hopes to complete the 24-hour challenge midday today.

He is at Tesco, in Solent Road, Havant and began at 12 noon yesterday.

Nick is set to complete the gruelling challenge at midday today.

The News spoke to Nick yesterday, who said: ‘I chose to do this after completing the Marathon Des Sables in 2017.

‘This was seven marathons in six days through the Sahara Desert and after completing that I decided I was sick of running and wanted to do a bit of rowing.’

He added: ‘I also want to create greater awareness today for great charities like Over the Wall.’

Over the Wall campaigner Spencer Butt discussed the preparation Nick had faced getting ready for his 24-hour rowing event.

‘Nick has been training intensively over a nine-month period, rowing for at least two hours a day for the past two months,’ Spencer said. 

Nick added: ‘I’ve been rowing out in the ocean, a lot of cardio work, indoor rowing, and some strength conditioning as well.

‘You have to be mentally in the right place to do this and have a great support team around you.’

Nick tragically lost his sister to breast cancer three years ago.

Since then he has actively been involved in charity, raising and making a difference to multiple lives.

He has completed a variety of difficult challenges that has raised incredible amounts of money. 

‘I did this because I wanted to show that normal people can do great things,’ Nick added. 

‘I wanted to do something unique and totally different.’

If you wish to donate to Over the Wall visit otw.org.uk