Dave the rower set for new challenge

Dave Holby-Wolinski

Dave Holby-Wolinski

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A RECORD-breaking rower is preparing to embark on his latest challenge in aid of two local charities.

Dave Holby-Wolinski will attempt to set his 10th indoor world record with his brother Mike on March 6 and 7.

The pair will be raising money for The Pink Place – a charity which supports women with breast cancer – and The Ark Cancer Centre charity, which is raising funds to build a new cancer treatment centre in north Hampshire.

Dave and Mike will attempt a lightweight tandem endurance world record, which is currently set at 31 hours.

The Basingstoke brothers will take it in turns to row continuously for over 31 hours, outside Debenhams, in Festival Place.

Dave, 33, who broke the world record for rowing round the world on a static machine in 2010, after spending two years and seven months rowing 40,075km in The Malls shopping centre, raising £17,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, hopes his 10th world record will pull in vital funds for the two local causes.

The father-of-one said: “I think our legs will hold until we get to 32 hours. They are brilliant charities we are raising money for.”

Dave and his 25-year-old brother will have a second rowing machine beside them for business teams to use during their record attempt. Individuals or teams of up to six can donate to use the machine for half-hour slots throughout the challenge.

Dave, who works as a recruitment consultant for Reed, said there is no minimum speed he and Mike are required to row during the tandem endurance record, but added: “If we go too slow, it makes it harder – especially during the night, because you relax and nod off.

“We generally go about 12km an hour. It means we are awake and alert – we are pulling at quite a pace but not so much that we will tire ourselves out.”

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