Rowers can support the Stroke Association by getting sponsored for a 10km row during Stroke for Stroke week, 27th October to 2nd November. All you have to do is register at the Stroke for Stroke website, get sponsored and do the distance. You will help sufferers from a dreadful and debilitating condition that can strike at any age, and you will help protect yourself from strokes too by getting that little bit fitter.
Sadly, it seems that most people will be 'rowing' in the unhealthy fug of the gym, but I will be rowing up the Hamble from Swanwick to the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge, a distance of almost exactly 5km, and back. Because rowing is supposed to be fun, there will be a short break for beer and a sandwich at the pub.
The row will take place on Saturday 1st November, starting at about 11 am at Swanwick Hard, Swanwick Shore Road, Hampshire ( 50.880897°N, 1.297419°W). The date may shift if the weather is truly goddawful.
All rowers wanting to support this great cause are welcome to join me - just register, blackmail all your friends into sponsoring you, and turn up with your boat. If you can't make it, you can sponsor me here.
And just to demonstrate that age, flabbiness and balditude are no bar to rowing 10km, here's a pic of me at the Home Built Boat Rally last weekend, taken by Tim O'Connor: