Dave the rower breaks another world record

Dave Holby-Wolinski, with his daughter Saskia, brother Mike Brydges and supporters

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A RECORD-breaking rower has done it again after smashing his 10th world record in a physical endurance test.

Dave Holby-Wolinski and his brother Mike Brydges were cheered on by supporters in Festival Place as they finished a 32-hour static rowing challenge.

Dave, 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, added another two records to his list of achievements last Friday.

At 9am, 33-year-old Dave and his 25-year-old bro-ther celebrated breaking the world record for the longest distance rowed on a static machine in 24 hours, when they clocked up 320km – just beating the record of 312km.

But rather than collapsing in a heap of exhaustion, the pair continued for the rest of the day to break their second world record in 24 hours – taking it in turns to row non-stop for 32 hours, beating the previous record of 31 hours.

The brothers were 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’s employer, Reed, has agreed to match the funds raised from the challenge.

Speaking last Friday, father-of-one Dave said: “It’s been fantastic. Mike was amazing. In the wee small hours last night, we didn’t know if we were going to get through but Mike was brilliant and really stepped up the pace. We set the new 24-hour record at 9am but stayed until 5pm to set the endurance record. Everyone has been so supportive.”

Dave, who lives in Basingstoke, added: “Mike was incredible – I would not have got through without him. We are raising money for The Ark and The Pink Place and they are brilliant charities and deserve everything we can raise.”

Dave and Mike had a second rowing machine set up alongside them during the challenge, for teams or individuals to use in return for a donation.

At the end of the record, supporters gathered to count down the final 10 seconds as Mike pulled the last few strokes to cheers from the crowds.

Mike, who lives in Havant, said: “I didn’t think we were going to do it – it was horrible at times. It was a living nightmare! But we broke the challenge down into sections, and once we got to 9am we knew it was okay and we would get to the end, no matter what.”

The brothers hope to have raised more than £1,000 for the two charities.

Janis Taylor, founder of The Pink Place, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. Dave is such a great ambassador for us – he’s an incredible supporter. He’s run the Basingstoke Half-Marathon for us before, and he’s doing it again this year.”

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