A TEAM of fathers have pulled together in a record attempt to raise funds.

The team, comprised of 15 fathers of pupils at Silchester CofE School attempted to set two world records last week in a bid to raise cash for the school’s Parent Teacher Association.

The operation was spearheaded by father-of-three and world record holder Dave Holby-Wolinski BCA, more commonly known as ‘Dave the Rower.’

Throughout Friday and into the morning of Saturday, the team of fathers took it in 15 minute shifts on an indoor rowing machine on Silchester Playing Fields in a bid to set the male longest continuous static row for a large team (in the age range of 30 to 39) heavyweight category.

The group managed to row for a total of 26 hours, starting at 8am on Friday, and finishing at 10am the next morning.

The rowing dads also looked to set the record for the fastest static row in 24 hours, in the same category, managing 310km in the time.

And it looks as if both records have been set.

Dave said: “I am so pleased with how we got on, it was absolutely amazing, with all the support that we had.

“We’ve sent off the papers for verification, and we’re hoping to have it confirmed within the week.

“The boys have been incredible, and the support that we had was also incredible, it’s such a lovely area with great people.

“Meeting people throughout the day really made a difference, especially seeing some of the pupils.

“We found the night rowing quite tough, but we kept each other going and the love and support that the community gave us was fantastic.”

Veteran rowing record-holder Dave said that team events have become his preference.

Dave added: “It’s so much more enjoyable to do it with friends and they have all been incredible, and having a wonderful team around is really helpful.

“Doing events in teams has become my favourite way to do these events.”

So far, the team has raised more than £2,300, with the final total still being calculated.

To donate to the cause, go to mydonate.bt.com/events/worldrecordrow2019/492463.