Oar-some performance sees Perse rower set national indoor record
6 May 2020
Talented oarsman Ed Gaskarth (Lower Sixth) is celebrating after breaking a British indoor rowing record.
Unable to take to the water due to the Covid-19 lockdown, he has been forced to spend more time training on a rowing machine at home, but it has not stopped him from wanting to stay competitive.
As such, Ed has been taking part in the Concept 2 Spring VIII Series – a weekly virtual challenge that allows rowers to compete as crews of eight from their own homes. Each member enters their verified time or distance into an online logbook from which the team scores are worked out.
Ed joined his crew virtually for an attempt at how far they could row in 30 minutes. He had originally been aiming to break his personal best of 8,226m, set on a machine without slides.
However, after checking the national record in the men’s heavyweight (above 75kg) 17-18 age category using a machine with slides – in which the movement is more akin to regular rowing – Ed changed his sights and managed to set a British standard of 8,257m.
Ed, who won gold at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in February, was pleased to have set the record, but admitted he cannot wait to get back into an actual boat.
He said: “It’s very frustrating to be unable to get on the water and with the cancellation of races at the moment, especially given it’s now entering what would normally be the peak of the season.”