Dover Rowing Club came home in fourth place in the virtual race from Panama to Hawaii covering 8099km, the third leg of their virtual rowing race competing against seven other coastal rowing clubs. It was a massive team effort with 38 club members contributing via ergo (rowing machine), by foot, bike and workouts. The bigger membership clubs, Shoreham and Deal would quickly push into the lead whilst Dover tried to stay with Herne Bay in a battle for third as they pulled away from Folkestone, Bexhill, Worthing and Dartmouth. With returns to work impacting Dover’s chase, they would eventually finish a few days behind third place Herne Bay.
There was a fast start from Maria West-Burrows that saw her enter the top ten overall competitors in the first week with big rowing scores and long walks and it was a late surge from West-Burrows that would push Dover over the finishing line and put herself back into the individual top ten finish with 614 km contribution. Other leaders in the Ladies Division were Jo Johnston and Heather Corby working across the four disciplines, Chrissy Purvis on the bike, Julie Hall on foot and Saffron Walmsley-Preece on workouts.
Dover’s Junior section made a massive effort to drive the club forward with Emma Oliver leading the workouts category overall and Bo Corby leading the Juniors for distance with 157km, and an impressive total from young coxswain Scarlett Durnham-Burrows contributing 95km to the cause. Contributions from Ella Day, Emma Spanton, Channy Mayes, Izzy Godden, Hannah Power, Jasper Mallet, Morgan Evans, Safia Corby and SJ Bamfield all helped push Dover onwards.
Dover’s heaviest hitters would come from the Men’s Division with sport omnivore Adrian Callard eating up large chunks of distance recording by bike 200km, foot 45km and ergo 100km in separate single day hits leaving him the overall distance leader for the event with 1418km. David Newman won the tortoise and hare race for the ergo crown after seeing Callard close to within 2 km by pulling a 100km row. Newman had built a massive lead with daily morning rows that would see him finish with 459km, rating him third on the ergo overall and sixth in the individual event with 744km. Cameron Mackintosh pushed into the top ten for running when the first teams crossed the line, Tom Stothart put in big ergo scores whilst Tony Burrows on foot and Jon Cook through workouts ticked off the kilometres, with Alfie Gardner and Matt Barnett riding to land big distances for Dover.
There were valuable contributions from Jacky Silk, Nick Bailey, Paul Scrivener, Jen Jordan, Jon Osborn, Kate Day, Karen Ponsford, Marie Cockerell, Lorna Florence Clay, Steve Woods, Chris Hall, Chris Price.
Dover now look to the virtual Hawaii to Papua New Guinea leg, a further 7419km, and the hope that they can soon return to the water.
|One Day Warriors – Single Day Total|
|ergo||Adrian Callard||100593 metres||David Newman||Jon Osborn|
|walk/run||Adrian Callard||45000 metres||Tony Burrows||Chris Hall|
|cycle||Adrian Callard||200430 metres||Alfie Gardner||Jon Osborn|
|workout||Bo Corby||120 minutes||David Newman||Adrian Callard|
|ergo||Maria West-Burrows||20000 metres||Jo Johnston||Heather Corby|
|walk/run||Julie Hall||28230 metres||Maria West-Burrows||Morgan Evans|
|cycle||Heather Corby||77200 metres||Jo Johnston||Chrissy Purvis|
|workout||Saffron Walmsley-Preece||130 minutes||Heather and Safia Corby||Marie Cockerell|
|Full Course Fighters – Whole Race Total|
|ergo||David Newman||459359 metres||Adrian Callard||Tom Stothart|
|walk/run||Adrian Callard||690100 metres||Tony Burrows||David Newman|
|cycle||Adrian Callard||600320 metres||Alfie Gardner||Matt Barnett|
|workout||Jon Cook||290 minutes||Adrian Callard||Bo Corby|
|ergo||Maria West-Burrows||124006 metres||Jo Johnston||Heather Corby|
|walk/run||Maria West-Burrows||456260 metres||Julie Hall||Heather Corby|
|cycle||Heather Corby||445300 metres||Chrissy Purvis||Jo Johnston|
|workout||Emma Oliver||1920 minutes||Saffron Walmsley-Preece||Jo Johnston|