Ardingly’s early-risers enjoy Sunrise Sponsored Row

At 5.30am on Saturday (16th August) as the sun rose and the moon set, 63 rowers in 27 boats from Ardingly Rowing Club took to the Reservoir for their Sunrise Sponsored Row.  

This is the second year that the Club has pulled together to raise funds for both Club equipment and a local charity. For 2014 the chosen charity is Rockinghorse at Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital – nominated by Georgia Fuller from the Junior Women’s squad. Rockinghorse raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, while ensuring children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs. The Club funds will be used to buy sculling blades (oars) for their Junior members.

Ardingly RC members from all sections of the Club took part in the event, including Alison Mowbray from the 2004 Olympic Silver Medal Quad. They were supported by family, friends and past members including Fran Rawlins who won Gold in the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull at the Commonwealth Regatta in Glasgow. Not all Club members aspire to international glory, however, some row simply for fitness, friendship and fun – as seen in the fancy dress on the day!  

After a Club breakfast, Annamarie Phelps, Chairman of British Rowing, named three boats to honour Club Members Derek Riches, Robert Taylor and David Law. Just 10 years ago Ardingly RC could only seat 10 rowers per session, this year there are seats for 75. The Club will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015 – you can follow their success on Facebook and

So far Ardingly rowers have raised £3700 at this year’s row. Donations are still coming in (and are welcomed) – if you would like to contribute, please contact [email protected].

Photos from the Sunrise Sponsored Row are now available on Facebook: