Marathon ef­fort to res­cue their club­house

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

Mem­bers of a his­toric rowing club have started a £20,000 fundrais­ing mis­sion to re­turn their run-down club­house to its for­mer glory.

The di­lap­i­dated fa­cil­i­ties at Loch Lomond Rowing Club are in such bad con­di­tion that mem­bers are un­able to use them.

Time is pre­cious for the club, which is lo­cated on the banks of the River Leven, as a leak­ing roof has put the build­ing’s fu­ture in jeop­ardy.

With al­most 120 years of suc­cess on its record, Loch Lomond Rowing Club has pro­duced some of the UK’s most tal­ented row­ers, in­clud­ing Olympians Peter Hain­ing and James McNiven.

And cur­rent mem­ber Eva Rankin is this week com­pet­ing in the World Mas­ters in Slove­nia.

Then on Septem­ber 23 Eva and 23 of the club’s mem­bers will be do­ing what they do best in a bid to re­turn the club­house to a stan­dard wor­thy of cham­pi­ons.

They need £40,000 to com­plete the mammoth project but are set­ting their sights on £20,000 to get started – and have al­ready raised al­most £2000.

Mem­bers will be tak­ing on a 26-mile chal­lenge across the en­tire length of Loch Lomond, be­gin­ning at Ard­lui and fin­ish­ing up in Bal­loch, to raise the cash needed for the re­pairs.

It will take them six hours to com­plete and the ded­i­cated mem­bers are al­ready train­ing for the marathon en­durance chal­lenge.

Club coach Heather McKen­zie, 19, from Gar­tocharn said: “Our club house needs a lot of work and we have been work­ing to try


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