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Video: Lincoln rower goes for world record

A rower from Lincoln Rowing Centre has been going for a world record attempt on the Brayford this weekend.

Deborah Speed has been rowing more than 26 hours on a rowing machine, with only 10 minutes an hour for a rest.

The world record attempt, which she began at 10am on April 18, is for the 50-59 heavyweight women’s continuous indoor rowing.

As of 11.30am on April 19, she managed a massive 200,000 metres on the rowing machine.

She is already two hours over the record target and wants to set a hard task for any future challengers.

Update at 3.15pm: Deborah has completed her record attempt after 27 hours and 221,873 metres rowed.

During the day, she rowed in a tent on Brayford Wharf North, before moving into the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel foyer overnight.

Deborah is also fundraising for the rowing club and MacMillan Cancer Support, raising over £600 before the event, plus plenty extra as people came to watch her attempt.

Deborah Speed said: “Our previous rowing centre captain did various rows like this on his own, and a double with his girlfriend, so I thought I’d do one for the oldies!

“Training wise, I’ve been building up since Christmas, rowing for two or three hours to my longest of a 10-hour overnight session. I’ve had lots of coaching and advice to get the technique right.

“I chose MacMillan because of my dad — he spent his last few weeks with their help and they were brilliant. Those last few weeks they were there, and the people could give good support because they’d been through it themselves, they know what it means to everybody.”