Meet Your Centurion:

Mark from Gloucester

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Mark Venn learnt to row as a youngster whilst at school in Reading, and went on to build a collection of pewter tankards as part of the Exeter University first eight. After leaving the sport for a number of years, Mark was brought back to rowing when his sons took up the sport at University. Initially the purchase of a rowing machine was to support his sons training during their holidays, but he began to use it, and before long was a member of the local rowing club, Gloucester RC.

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Gloucester Rowing Club will develop their partnerships with schools in the local area. Funds raised from the Centurion Challenge will provide opportunities to young people who cannot access the sport to benefit from the life skills it can give and open a pathway for them to find their motivation and passion in life. The fund will help provide coaching and covering costs to access with Gloucester Rowing Club.

Mark met Andy Triggs Hodge earlier this year and was inspired by his work with LYR to break down the barriers of access to the sport. Mark was intrigued by the Centurion Challenge, having previously completed a marathon on the ergo during lockdown last year and was looking for a new goal to celebrate turning 70 this year. He’s rowing 100km to give back to the Gloucester rowing community and to help create opportunities for young people in the local area.