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Redgrave and Grainger back cancer rowing challenge

Chris Spencer and his Great Thames Row team (Dan Bartlett, Rob Coleman, Roger Spencer and Paul Prentice) with Katherine Grainger and Sir Steve Redgrave Credit: Everyone Active

Olympic gold medallist rowers Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE stepped out this morning at Maidenhead Rowing Club to show support to cancer survivor Chris Spencer, 48, who is rowing the length of the Thames to raise awareness of leukaemia and the Anthony Nolan charity.

A general manager for the Everyone Active leisure operator, Chris has had two bone marrow transplants – the most recent just 10 months ago. He says Anthony Nolan saved his life and now it’s ‘payback time’ so Chris set himself the task of rowing 150 miles in 3.5 days to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE met Chris at Maidenhead Rowing Club in Berkshire earlier today to lend their support and encouragement to him and his team before sending them on their way to complete their challenge.

He will finish in London at midday tomorrow.

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Burned rowing club in line for £1m grant

Marlow Rowing Club after the fire in 2011

The Marlow Rowing Club which was damaged by a fire in 2011 is to be rebuilt thanks to a one million pound grant from the National Lottery. Former member - Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave, will be there later to help celebrate the plans for a new state-of-the-art site for water sports.

Sir Steve Redgrave rowing with club rowers

Redgrave's proudest moment

Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave carries the torch into the Olympic stadium Credit: Owen Humphreys/POOL/PA Wire
Redgrave passes the flame to the next generation of Olympians Credit: Owen Humphreys/POOL/PA Wire

Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, who also carried the flame in Henley in Oxfordshire two weeks ago, passed the torch to seven young athletes. They then simultaneously lit 200 kettles that rose together to form a breathtaking cauldron in the centre of London's Olympic Stadium.

Fireworks at the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Torch 'kiss' as Olympic Flame is handed to Sir Steve

Rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave receives the Olympic Torch in Henley-on-Thames as he's interviewed by the media Credit: Helen Burkhalter
ir Steve Redgrave carrying the Olympic Flame on a boat on the River Thames on the Torch Relay leg between Wallingford and Henley on Thames Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Sir Steve Redgrave carrying the Olympic Flame on a boat on the River Thames on the Torch Relay leg between Wallingford and Henley on Thames. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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