Major Mick's 100 mile
Mick is a retired Army Major having served in the British Army (The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards) for 35 years. Last year, in lockdown, he completed a challenge rowing his home-made boat (Tintanic) for 100 miles. He constructed the boat from two sheets of corrugated iron!
Mick rowed his boat up and down the Chichester Canal for 100 miles and raised over £44,000 for his local hospice in Bosham.
This year he is taking to the water again,
but this time he’s going even bigger with his challenge: he will be travelling with his boat to canals, rivers and open waters from the South of England to the Highlands of Scotland.
Mick has chosen Alzheimer’s Research UK because he says 'I have seen the devastating effects of this terrible disease on friends and family. I am impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at Alzheimer's Research UK, who work tirelessly to raise money to support research into this terrible disease. The last year has shown us the importance of the incredible work that UK scientists, doctors and researchers are capable of and with your support we can make a difference to find a cure for this distressing disease.'
Mick has completed the construction of Tintanic II, a sister ship of his first boat, and has begun raising money for Alzheimer Research UK.
He will be launching at Henley-on-Thames on 28 May 2021
If you want to show your support for Major Mick and give him a boost with his challenge, then you can donate with JustGiving.
You can also find out where Major Mick is heading by following his journey below and getting in touch with Georgi Welch, Regional Fundraising Officer. You can show your support by cheering Major Mick on while he rows past your village! All dates are rough estimates, so best to get in touch with us before booking anything.
Major Mick will be launching at Henley-on-Thames on 28 May 2021 – this will be a small gathering of people as it is at the rowing club. However, if you want to get involved in the launch of the event then please contact Georgi Welch to see where and how you can cheer Major Mick on as he sets off on this amazing challenge.
He will then head to the beautiful Beaulieu early June – contact Georgi Welch if you want to get involved in Major Mick’s journey into the New Forest.
Mid-June, Major Mick is then set to head back up to London and on to Regent’s canal – Pirate Castle. Get in touch with Georgi Welch if you want to find out how you can cheer Major Mick on.
Major Mick will be in Manchester at the beginning of July at The Wharf for a couple of days, so get in touch with Simon McDermot to find out how you can cheer him on in this area over this period.
Get in touch with our very own Ceri Smith if you want to support Major Mick in and around Cardiff. He will be docking at the Cardiff Rowing Centre around the middle of July, but you may be able to see him on his journey as he enters and leaves Cardiff.
If you want to get involved in East Anglia towards the end of July then get in touch with Holly Noon who can chat you through options of cheering on Major Mick around Norwich.
If you’re in and around Birmingham at the end of July, then be sure to get in touch with Bernie Carranza to find out where you can cheer Major Mick on from.
From Edinburgh’s Forth Canoe Club to Falkirk; Banff in Aberdeenshire to Sutherland; Inverness Rowing Club and the Dores Inn back down to Edinburgh’s Forth Canoe Club – get in touch with Stacy Rowan if you want to give Major Mick a jolly Scottish cheer along the way in August.
Get in touch with James Warren if you want to support Major Mick as he passes through Devizes (The Wharf Theatre) at the beginning of September, or Bristol on his 100-mile adventure.
Cheer Mick on at the Oxford Falcon Rowing Club. Due to this being a private club, there will be limits to the amount of people that can enter the venue. However, get in touch with Lindsay Gray to see how you can get involved.
The Finish Line
The location for Major Mick ending his incredible adventure is still to be confirmed. Look out for updates to find out more nearer the time. However, you can contact Georgi Welch to see how you can cheer Mick along at the end of his amazing challenge in September.
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