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7 Apr 2014

We spent this Sunday down on the Putney Embankment rubbing elbows with the rowing world and watching a very different type of rowing to the one we will encounter in two months time on the Pacific. We had a great location right between the Oxford and Cambridge boat houses and even managed to grab photos with BBC legend Clare Balding and a fellow adventurer, Helen Skelton. Very exciting.

Despite the constant threat of rain it was a great day down by the river and a fantastic opportunity to speak to people about the campaign. We had set up a text donate scheme which enabled people to quickly and easily support the work being done by NOMAN and the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation. It is essential that the key messages continue to be spread so that everybody is aware of the threat posed by HPV.

At around 5:30pm the crews went flying off the start line approaching around 40 strokes per minute and speeds of 15 knots. Unfortunately these are numbers that we can only dream of this summer as we crawl across the Pacific at speeds of under 3knots. In fact, if we could match the speeds achieved by the the crews on Sunday’s Boat Race, we would power across the Pacific in just under 6 days. If only…

Finally, congratulations to the Oxford crew for whom months of hard work, preparation and training has paid off. They must be on a incredible high right now, one that we can only hope to replicate in 3 months time. Please continue to support this amazing campaign through our website and social media sites. Your support will not only help us get across the Pacific but will also help to end 5% of cancer.


NOMAN Crew Member 2014



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