The Falcon Club has been the scene of some remarkable
sporting and athletic feats recently but has anyone heard of a long distance
rowing event taking place in Egremont before? Watch out Henley!
On the morning of 23rd
November five teams rowed the full distance of Hadrianís cycle way, a total
distance 280km, in the Club. OK, the teams involved did it on the five
rowing machines which are the pride of the gym, with the distance measured
on monitors responding to the power of their strokes, but the work was just
as real as if they were working out on real water. This certainly put
fire-fighters and rugby players, as well as members of the squash club to
the fitness test, and all showed true grit.
This extraordinary effort of endurance was undertaken to raise money to buy
special equipment for the rehabilitation unit at West Cumberland Hospital to
enable victims of crippling accidents to have access to more advanced
equipment to aid their recovery.
This amazing effort is a response to the needs of Joanna Spedding, who still
lies in hospital trying to put her life together after a tragic accident on
14th December 2007 which left her fighting for her life in West Cumberland
Hospital. Her plight inspired her auntie Linda, who is Head Squash Coach at
the club, and her uncle Mark Winder, to raise money to help the recovery of
Joanna and many others like her.
After the strenuous exertions in the gym, Mark organised a sponsored poker
session in the Falcon Club. Fifty-six players took part, raising a further
£700 to add to the sponsorship money.
Linda and her family would like to thank, Windscale squash club, Falcon
Club, Margaret Donaldson and all who took part in these events. If anyone
would like to contribute to this charity, please contact Linda Winder on
Left to right in our photo, Mark & Linda Winder, Louise Irving, Lisa Powe,
Kevin Preston, Jenny McConnell, Lesley Devoy, Margaret & Alex Thompson,
Craig Jarrett, Vanessa Strickland, Claire Spedding, Matthew Chadwick, Barry
Lister, Mark Frain, Jeanette Bewsher, Robin Sparshott & Ian Bewsher