Not many people could claim to have rowed 100km in 24 hours, but 13-year old Darcey Murphy did just that last weekend in a campaigning effort for her local rowing club.
Completed across the weekend, the teenager rowed the entire distance and with nearly £2,000 raised, the rowing community are asking the Bedford population to dig deep for the town’s staple club.
As part of the London Youth Rowing group, Darcey is one of the youngest competitors at the club and one of the youngest to complete the challenge.
The money raised is going towards the ‘Dry Start’ programme which looks to introduce youngsters to the water in a bid to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Ruth Wilkes, Federation Principal at Castle Newnham, where Darcey attends school was particularly full of praise:
“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.”