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Lincoln rowers attempt to break 72-hour world record

Chris Farrell aims to break the world record with Sally Hoonaert

Two members of the Lincoln Rowing Centre will attempt to break a world record over the bank holiday weekend.

Chris Farrell and Sally Hoonaert aim to keep an indoor rowing machine continuously moving for 72 hours.

Currently, the Mixed Tandem Continuous Indoor Rowing world record stands at 60 hours. However, Chris and Sally want to smash that and have set their sights higher.

They will take it in turns and their breaks will be limited to just four hours. If the machine stops, so does the record attempt.

Last year, The Lincolnite saw Chris make a world record by rowing continuously for 41 hours.

On Friday, August 24, he looks set to begin clocking in three-days as part of a tandem and explained the game plan.

He said: “I learned from the single record about what works and what doesn’t.

“We’re planning to start doing one hour on, one hour off until midnight. Then someone will do 4 hours while one sleeps. For the first night, we’ll see how we do on 3 hours sleep and go from there.”

The event is being held at the Holiday Inn hotel on the Brayford and will form part of a weekend run by the Lincoln Rowing Centre.

The aim is to raise money for Kidney Research UK, the club and improve the sport’s profile in the city.

Special accessibility boats will be on hand to help newcomers and disabled people try their hand at rowing.

Lincoln Rowing Centre’s Steve Hill said: “We’ve had a lot more female interest of late, especially after the gold medal wins at the Olympics by Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland.”