Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rugby: Stowmarket RUFC pull together for successful outcomes

The secret of Stowmarket RUFC’s victory over previously unbeaten Eastern Counites One leaders Cantabrigians was a simple one.
It was all a matter of pulling together - but not in the usual way.
The club’s preparation for Saturday’s crunch clash involved a 48-hour rowing marathon at Finborough School to raise funds for Help the Heroes and World Challenge, which is sending a group of pupils trekking in the Himalayas and working in community projects to help local people.
Members of the rugby club joined staff and pupils at the school from Wednesday to Friday ‘rowing’ in half-hour relays with an aim of completing a million metres. But their efforts were so good, they ended up doing an astonishing 1,039,000 metres on the Concept 2 rowing machines.
A Stow RUFC spokesman on the club’s website said: "All of the lads were due to take four half-hour shifts during the 48 hours of sweat, blisters and sheer guts that were evident in abundance.
"The commitment and effort from all involved was quite simply staggering. Not content with just rowing, the team members spent time, even in the dead of night, encouraging their team mates to maintain the pace when the going got tough."

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