Mancunians urged to get behind oar-some marathon challenge

People in Manchester are being challenged to row a marathon in March. As part of an oar-some fundraising effort for Cancer Research UK.

In partnership with the renowned Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Known now as The Cancer Research UK Boat Race. The charity is encouraging people to go the distance and cover 26.2 miles in stages or in one go. Anytime in March.

Would-be rowers can take on The Great Row as part of a team. Or they can sign up for a solo effort.

To help participants off the start line. Better Leisure centres across the UK will open their doors and give free access every Friday in March to everyone who has signed up to take on The Great Row.

Andrew Hodge OBE, treble Olympic Champion rower said: “Rowing has been a passion of mine since university. It’s been amazing to see the increased interest in the sport over the years.

“ What better incentive to get moving than raising money for Cancer Research UK’s work to beat cancer.”

It coincides with the world famous Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Now known as The Cancer Research UK Boat Race, which take place on 24th March.


Money raised by The Great Row will advance research which is helping more men, women and children in the North West. And across the UK to survive the devastating disease.

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters. Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £26 million in Manchester last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Cancer Research UK

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