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.
Five times Olympic champion - Sir Steve Redgrave - was along the River Thames in Marlow today. He was there to celebrate a major milestone in the restoration of the rowing club. Kate Bunkall reports.
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.
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.