CLU B RAISE THE ROOF
Marathon effort to rescue their clubhouse
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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