Sussex rowers win medals at indoor rowing championships

15th December

Rowers from Sussex picked up a series of medals this weekend at the British Indoor Rowing Championships that took place at the Leigh Valley VeloPark in East London.

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British Rowing Indoor Championships 2017 at The Lee Valley Velo Park London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker)

Personal Trainer Alex Purcell organised 21 teams of four made up from athletes in and around the Heathfield area including members of Isenhurst Health Club Cross In Hand and teachers and colleagues from Blackboys C of E Primary School to take part in the annual championships that also saw Sir Bradley Wiggins swap his bike to compete on an indoor rower.

Alex organised the teams to raise money for Bloodwise, a charity that has helped five year old Ruben Owen from Hadlow Down overcome Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. £4,300 has been raised so far from the ‘Rowing for Ru’ fundraising initiative, with more money still coming in.

Ruben, a pupil at Blackboys C of E Primary School and son of Natalie who is a member of the Isenhurst Health Club in Cross In Hand, wanted to collaborate with Alex and raise funds for the charity to say thank you for all the help they have given towards his recovery.

‘Rowing for Ru’, Alex’s team Nutrifix with Heathfield locals Oli Leighton, Joel Burgess and Dan Hunter Evans, collected silver in the men’s 4km relay, missing out on gold by three seconds.

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Sussex rowers return with medals

Isenhurst PT Louis Chavannes, Stacey Son, Teresa Barford and Ted Sardar won bronze in the mixed relay and Keith Keaveny picked up silver in the individual 2km event in the 60-65 category.

Alex commented, “The atmosphere in the Velodrome was unreal. Everyone trained really hard in the run up to the event and we are so chuffed that so much money has been raised for Bloodwise, a charity that has done so much for Ru. Picking up medals along the way was the icing on the cake.”

The ‘Row for Ru’ fundraising page is still open on, if Heathfield News readers would like to donate to the Bloodwise charity.