During the summer there had been rumours about a world record attempt and from the 1st until the 8th November ten Merton rowers showed what they were made of. After seven days of continuous rowing, Mantas Abazorius, Caitlin Armstrong, Freddie Crowley, Miklos Hajnal, Daniel Kennedy, Laura King, Lukas Koch, Kailan Sierra-Davidson, Edward Thomas, and Jaime Valdemoros are now world record holders. Since a mixed team attempted the record it is listed as male 20-29 heavyweight/open record.
A huge ‘Thank you’ to Lukas and Daniel for being the driving force and organising everything after originally coming up with the idea.
In the aftermath of this record we have also been informed that this the second record held by Merton, the first being rowing the non-tidal Thames (from Lechlade to Teddington) in a coxed four non-stop in 28hrs 55min 15sec. The crew was Angus Whitfield, James Brooks, Richard Crawford, Paul Roberts, and Gabrielle Higgins. We would love to hear more about the first record.