Bedford teen to take on momentous 100km rowing challenge for charity

344
13 year old, Darcey Murphy rowed the 100 kilometres inside 24 hours...

A Bedford teen is facing quite a Sunday as she takes on a 100 kilometre rowing challenge in aid of the Star Club’s ‘Dry Start’ programme.

13-year old Darcey Murphy, who attends Castle Newnham School, is taking on a task “that most training Olympians wouldn’t try” in an attempt to raise money for a programme to introduce youngsters to the sport.

The money raised is going towards expanding the ‘Dry Start’ programme, including hiring a dedicated community coach and expanding the programme from the current two schools, to six.

The challenge, first introduced by London Youth Rowing is the hallmark of an Open Day at the Star Rowing Club in Bedford on Sunday 12th September as the rowing community look to introduce the younger generation to the water.

“I’ve always been into sports from a young age”, said Darcey, commenting on the challenge that awaits her.

“My Dad was a big cricketer before rowing at Bedford Rowing Club himself. I guess I followed in his footsteps as I’m the only one of my siblings to take to rowing and once I tried it, I loved it and I’ve never looked back!”

I love getting our on the water with my friends and staying active while also having so much fun.”

The challenge will take between ten and twelve hours to complete; with Darcey aiming to complete the 100 kilometres inside 24 hours. £1,220 of the £5,000 target has already been raised for the club.

Already the youngest member of the Star Club’s junior squad, it is hoped the funds from Darcey’s challenge will help open up the sport to young people of a similar age in the town.

“Here at Castle Newnham School, we are incredibly proud of Darcey and the honour she has achieved of representing her club as a centurion”, said Ruth Wilkes, Federation Principal at Castle Newnham.”

“This is not only an amazing achievement and opportunity for Darcey personally but also brings forward work to support local state schools in promoting rowing which will open up further opportunity for young people in Bedford.”

The Star Club is situated on the River Great Ouse, near Riverside Close.

You can add to Darcey’s fundraising target here.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.