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Fancy taking on a fitness challenge in new year whilst raising life-saving funds for Cancer Research?

What is The Great Row?

Cancer Research UK is holding the nation's biggest indoor rowing challenge, The Great Row. No matter if you are a pro or trying rowing for the first time, The Great Row has something for everyone! There are 4 challenge distances to choose from, ranging from 2km to a marathon. Once you've picked your distance, download our training and fundraising packs and get started. Every Friday during March, David Lloyd is offering free entry to their gyms so there's no excuse not to complete your distance!


From the 6th January you can choose your distance and train at your local gym or rowing club. We encourage you to train and fundraise up until Challenge Week (25th March – 1st April) when everyone will complete their full distance. Don't forget to log your activity on the Workplace Challenge website or app to compete in our challenge against your colleagues and other workplaces too.

How can you get involved?

Sign-up to The Great Row as a personal challenge, choosing a distance which best suits you, or have fun tackling a distance as a team with your colleagues and friends. You can hold a Great Row training day at your office – it's a great way to engage employees, bring some healthy competition to the workplace and raise vital funds for life-saving cancer research.

3 ways to take part in The Great Row:

1) Have access to an indoor rowing machine?

www.cruk.org/thegreatrow, get rowing, get fundraising and track your progress on the Workplace Challenge leaderboards.

2) Want to row at a local gym or club?

Find a local gym or rowing club, sign up at www.cruk.org/thegreatrow, get rowing, get fundraising and track your progress on the Workplace Challenge leaderboards.

3) Want to hire indoor rowing machines for your workplace to use?

See below information on how to hire an indoor rowing machine, sign up at www.cruk.org/thegreatrow, get rowing, get fundraising and track your progress on the Workplace Challenge leaderboards.

How to hire an indoor rowing machine

Concept2 is able to provide indoor rowing machines to workplaces on a rental basis. The cost of hiring machines is as follows:

For each indoor rowing machine there is a £60 charge to cover the cost of admin, delivery and collection. In addition, the rental fee for each machine would be £10 per week.

Two machines for 8 weeks would be £280 (£60 x 2 machines for admin/ delivery/ collection) + (8 weeks x 2 machines x £10 per week rental fee). 

Concept2 has indicated that it would be necessary to pay in advance (although you can ask them to invoice your workplace as we recognise this may not be viable) and keep hold of the packaging the machines arrive in. When the time comes to return machines, Concept2 will arrange for a courier to collect them. Each office will then need to put the machines back in their boxes that they originally arrived in.

At the end of the agreed rental period, if an office decides that they want to buy the machines then the rental fees would be subtracted from the retail price (which is £860 including VAT for a Model D) and an invoice issued for the balance.

Indoor Rowing machine hire can be organised directly with Alex Dunne at Concept2. Email: 

alexd@concept2.co.uk for more information.

Want to know more or need some help to get your workplace rowing?

For more information on how to use the indoor rowing machine or how to improve your indoor rowing technique, Check out the Go Row Indoor web pages on the British Rowing website at https://www.britishrowing.org/indoor-rowing/

Workplaces have also special access to a specialised instructor who British Rowing can draw upon (work dependant) to support an indoor rowing induction. The cost to a workplace would be £120 for a 2 hour session including travel costs. This could be a one off session, or workplaces could decide to run a few of these sessions. For more information please contact indoor@britishrowing.org

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