Sport relief row

Current British indoor rowing champion, Graham Benton lent his support to row 2,020 miles for Row Britannia Sports Relief at the University of Greenwich.

Row Britannia is an inclusive mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge that encourages teams to jump on a rowing machine to achieve their distance and fundraising goal. The former world and European rowing champion added his rowing miles to the university’s tally, in aid of mental health awareness.

Graham said rowing has helped him manage his own mental health issues in everyday life.

He said: “I found myself in an ambulance having what I thought was a heart attack; it was actually a panic attack. Rowing is a great way of reassuring myself daily. That kind of commitment has really kept me strong, in terms of copping with anxiety and in the rest of my life as well.”

This year’s UK Row Britannia event has been extended until 6 June. Anyone who is interested in getting involved can add their rowing miles to the overall tally. There is a machine at the university’s Dreadnought Building or you can use your local gym.

To get involved, make a donation or follow the team’s progress visit

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