Row­ing novices’ epic jour­ney

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Vicky Cas­tle

Two f riends had to bat­tle against tor­ren­tial rain and nu­mer­ous ob­sta­cles as they suc­cess­fully com­pleted a char­ity row along the Rover Stour from Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion to the Tick­led Trout pub in Wye.

They com­pleted the six-mile marathon in a boat they bought on­line for £30 and raised money for the Pil­grims Hos­pice.

Va­lerie Day, 47, of Ki­pling Road, Ash­ford and Adele Co­niam, 48, from Willes­bor­ough, had to tackle var­i­ous ob­sta­cles such as fallen trees and shal­low wa­ter dur­ing the jour­ney on Sun­day, Au­gust 17.

De­spite having never rowed and with no prac­tice, the pair took just six hours to com­plete the spon­sored chal­lenge in their lit­tle yel­low boat and have so far raised about £1,000 for the char­ity.

Adele said: “It went fab­u­lously, it was hard work but it was so much fun.

“My hus­band Matthew came with us as our safety boat and if it wasn’t for him we would not have got through.

“He had to lift our boat over fallen trees a few times!”

The pair, who both work in schools and have known each other since they were chil­dren, said the idea came to them when they were walk­ing in Vic­to­ria Park.

Adele said: “Nei­ther of us had ever rowed be­fore but we both said we wanted to.

“We bought the lit­tle boat off a lad from one of those ‘buy and sell pages’ for £30.

“We tested it to make sure it floated and then just went for it!”

The pair are still tak­ing do­na­tions at www.just­giv­ing. com/Va­lerie-Adele.

Mis­sion ac­com­plished for Va­lerie Day and Adele Co­niam

Above and be­low, many ob­sta­cles had to be over­come

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