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WORLD RECORD BREAKING ROWING ATTEMPT BY PETER, 80, IN CHELTENHAM
12 June 2019
Time: 9:30 - 1pm
Cheltenham resident Peter Daniels will be attempting the world record for indoor rowing on Wednesday 12th June at Leisure@ in Cheltenham – at the age of 80.
Peter, who has been a member of the gym at Leisure@ in Tommy Taylor’s Lane for 12 years, will be completing a distance of 42,195m, which will take him in the region of 3 hours+.
Peter says: ‘I am really excite to be doing this as an 80 year old, with the ambition of beating the current lightweight record for that age group as well as the heavyweight group.’
Peter started indoor rowing in 1991 and was soon experimenting as to how far he could row. A previous Director and Company Secretary of Stonehouse Paper & Bag Mills Ltd and has gained a bronze medal for a 65 year old at the Indoor Rowing Championship.
He adds: “I wanted a gym with the up-to-date machines and was fortunate to find Cheltenham’s Leisure@. This is a friendly group and I was encouraged all the way to continue to row and attempt records. I decided that when I was 80 years old I might try for the lightweight world record of 3 hours 18 minutes 52.3 secs. The heavyweight record is 3 13 minutes 58.2 secs.
“I promised my wife not that if I do manage a world record I would ask for a donation to be paid to Leisure@, which is part of The Cheltenham Trust. Feel free to come and support such a mad effort by such an old man!
“I wish to thank the staff at Leisure@ for letting me row on their machines three times a week for distances of up to 30,000 metres and with an average time on the machine of 1 hour 30 minutes.”
Peter is hoping to row all nine distances of the rowing ‘nonathlon’ as an 80 year old and set up British records at five of the distances. His aim is to gain the world record of 1 hour 35 mins 37 secs for a light weight at the half marathon distance.
Peter concludes: “I wish to get the world records to show that if one keeps active at any sport, and to prove that one can continue to lead a very active life. It gives one a real sense of achievement.”
Faiz Bankole, Gym Manager at Leisure@ says: “We are really excited to host this world record attempt and have been supporting Peter all the way through his training on our machines. His commitment has been incredible, and we will be cheering him on.”
Peter’s world record attempt, which is 42,195 metres, will take place at 930am and should conclude around 1pm on 12th June, at Leisure@.
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