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The Tom Harrison House "Windermere Double" Challenge
8 people, 1 boat, 21 miles, 7.5 hours - Find out about the THH Windermere Double

On Sunday 17th September 2017, a team of 8 rowers comprising staff, volunteers and graduates from THH rowed the full length of Lake Windermere (and back) in aid of the charity's fundraising efforts. Windermere, in the Lake District, is officially the longest lake in England - our total distance was 21 miles, which the team covered in a little under 7.5 hours with a short break for lunch.

The event and equipment (as well as our breakfast and a much-needed curry afterwards) were all arranged by Brathay Trust (https://www.brathay.org.uk), who also provided encouragement and support from the regulation Safety Boat, which followed at a safe and unobtrusive distance.

After taking on some bacon-rich calories to see us through a long day of exertion, we set off across the calm, sun-dappled waters at about 9 o'clock, all of us in fine spirits and with the breeze at our backs. Having pointed the front of the boat toward the other end of the lake, we were soon locked into an almost perfectly synchronised rhythm and made great progress. We split our team into two groups of four, swapping between navigation and rowing duties at half-hour intervals, which gave everyone enough time to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

A massive thanks to all those who sponsored our rowers, everyone who helped us and cheered us on throughout the day, and of course to the graduates and volunteers who put their muscles to the test and made it such an enjoyable and productive time. All told, we raised just over £5,000 - all of which will go toward supporting the veterans, reservists, emergency services personnel and family members who access the service at Tom Harrison House.