Oar-some trio complete Channel charity challenge

THREE teenagers are simply “oar-some” as they recreated the gruelling cross-Channel row to raise money for charity.

Ewan Taylor, Ameila Durkin and Katy Chadbond, all aged 13, did not actually take to the waters, but that did not make their challenge any less strenuous — they used rowing machine.

The teenagers are pupils at St Joseph’s RC High School in Horwich.

Ewan said: “We rowed for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. An organisation called Joining Jack supports muscular dystrophy and we are rowing for Jack, who suffers from the disease.

“Amelia also has a family member who suffers from the disease.

“We chose this charity because we felt that the money raised could go a long way into the medical research.”

Jack Johnson is a fouryear-old from Wigan who has been diagnosed with the muscular dystrophy.

The trio trained at Katy’s house for the 26- mile row. Amelia and Ewan rowed 20,000 metres each — equivalent to 13 miles — to cover the English Channel from Dover to Calais. It took them about two hours and 20 minutes.

They completed this, without any breaks.

Katy raised money by cycling the whole time the other two were rowing. They raised £300.

The pupils are complemented their challenge with other fundraising events such as cake sales.

The three said they decided to do this challenge “because it involves physical and mental endurance and we thought it would be a fun way to raise money.”

Katy managed to provide a rowing machine and Bolton Arena provided another.

The trio are hoping that their hard work will “be a great use in the medical science department for Duchene Muscular Dystrophy”

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