What I did in Lockdown – Set a new British rowing record

Jake Birch - British rowing record for marathon distanceSome special Lockdown news from Byford that we would like to share. Jake Birch from Byford Common has just broken the British Record for the 15-16 age group for a marathon distance on a rowing machine by rowing 42,195 metres in 2hrs 48 minutes.

In order to get fit for his record attempt Jake has spent the lockdown in daily training on his rowing machine and in his self-built gym in the back garden – an example to us all!

This is just the most recent of Jake’s rowing achievements since he became the youngest winner for Hereford in a double scull when he was only 11. Coached by his very proud dad and mum, he has won three national medals and gained a world record for the distance rowed in an hour on a dynamic rowing machine.

Earlier this year he was selected for the junior GB rowing squad which has unfortunately been put on hold due to the pandemic. In September he will be taking up a scholarship place at Shiplake College, one of the top rowing schools in the country.

What have you been doing during Lockdown? Get in touch and we’ll share your story with others in our parish.

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