Go Row Indoor College Challenge a success

Nearly 80 college students and staff took part in AoC Sport and British Rowing’s Go Row Indoor College Challenge recently.

The challenge was to see how far you could row in one minute, with a men’s and women’s winner crowned at the end for the furthest distance rowed.

There were 77 entries in total with 19% female and 81% male entries from 10 colleges across the country.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the month-long challenge and shared their distances on social media. The top entries win a Mizuno t-shirt for their efforts.

The winners of the competition were as follows:

         Furthest distance in 1 minute by a male student was by Louie Groak (East Durham College) 365 metres completed

         Furthest distance in 1 minute by a female student was by Ella Cosquer (Aquinas College) 288 metres completed

         Furthest distance in 1 minute by a male staff member was by Tim Hotchin (North Lindsey College) 362 metres completed

         Spot prize winner (randomly selected by Google number generator) – Wanessa Orczyk (North Lindsey College)

         Spot prize winner (randomly selected by Google number generator) – Patrick Makepeace (Gateshead College)

Female student winner Ella Cosquer, pictured above, said:

“I am super happy and so shocked that I won the indoor rowing competition.

“Indoor rowing as a fitness activity is fantastic as it works different areas of the body at the same time, for example the quadriceps and hamstrings.

“I love the Go Row Indoor programme as it can involve anyone of any gender, which is very good as it is not just targeted towards men.

“My sports teacher told me about the challenge and as I used to compete in rowing competitions in school, I thought it was a great opportunity to compete again and see if I still had the same stamina.”

How to get involved

There are a number of ways students can take part and get active using the indoor rowing machine.

British Rowing has developed a new indoor rowing programme called Go Row Indoor which aims to get more people indoor rowing and features top tips and videos.

The benefits to colleges and staff are:

  1. Students can take part whenever it suits them
  2. There is no financial resource needed from colleges
  3. No staffing capacity needed for students to get involved

British Rowing has developed a number of free resources to get people started on their Go Row Indoor page.

  • Go Row Indoor Workout videos – Free to download and use. There are 4 workouts to choose from and more to come.
  • Go Row Indoor Newsletter – Free to sign up newsletter to keep up to date on all the news, training tips, new workouts, fitness activities etc. Students can sign up here.
  • LiveRowing App – Free to download app with loads of different workouts and challenges to link up with the Concept2 machine.
  • Technique video – Free to download to help show people how to use the machine more safely and get a good workout


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