University of Sheffield rowers are planning a four-day bike ride to raise money to name a new boat after their team mate’s father who passed away last year.
The rowers, Jamie Brown, Thomas Aston, Gareth Streeter, Dan Tredget and Theo Heaton-Davies plan to ride south from Sheffield to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
Jamie Brown, a second year aerospace student, organised the ride and created a crowd-funding page to raise money.
His father Anthony died of pulmonary fibrosis, at the age of 72 last year.
Jamie said they have now surpassed their target of money needed to name the boat, thanks to two particularly large donations.
“We are now aiming higher,” he said.
He added he wanted to see the rest of the money go towards naming other things for the club after the others doing the ride.
Jamie said his father’s interest in rowing had inspired him to take up the sport.
“I always wanted to row. We used to watch Olympic rowing, and dad was a big fan.”
“If he was here he’d probably say ‘Don’t be daft, don’t name the boat after me’, but that was the man he was.”
He added the ride would fit with his father’s belief that anything could be achieved if one put one’s mind to it.
The 360-mile bike ride is due to start on 17th April at Damflask reservoir in the west of Sheffield. The four-day ride will see the team visit Leek, Birmingham and Bedford. Jamie said the team wanted a route that included the peaks as well as their relatives’ houses.
It is due to end in Henley where the team plans to row the Henley Royal Regatta route on 20th April. They hope to race the Regatta in the boat named after Mr Brown when they reach Henley.
Dan Tredget, a first year Information Technology Management student at the University, said they felt confident for the ride.
“As members of the rowing club we train for at least 15 hours a week.”
“We’re cycling between relatives so we aren’t taking the fastest route,” he added.