Six businesses hope to raise £8,000 for disadvantaged Furness youngsters in rowing and running challenge sponsored by BAE Systems Submarines in support of our work.

The six teams, including one made up of BAE Systems employees, are training hard for Brathay’s fifth Row Runner Challenge which takes place on Saturday 16 September.

Each team, made up of up to eight people in traditional whaler boats, will row to the southern end of Windermere and back as quickly as possible. On route they must stop to allow a pair of runners to ascend and descend Latterbarrow, Gummer’s How and Wansfell - three fells that overlook the Lake on whose northern shore Brathay is based.

Any team that finishes in under seven hours will beat the record set by Kings College Taunton, seven hours and one minute. Over the course of the challenge they will row 20 miles and those running will ascend 3,381 feet over 15 miles.

Brathay’s fundraiser Julia Wilson said:

“We are delighted that BAE Systems is really behind this event, as a sponsor and a participant. Their support will improve the lives of young people in the Furness area and we hope this year’s event will be a resounding success.”

In addition to the BAE Systems team, the five other businesses who have entered a team this year are Centrica, Associated British Ports, Bluefin (insurance), Lombard (finance) and Premier Wealth Management.

Teams who’ve taken part previously say it is a great fundraiser and team building event.

We have been successfully improving the life chances of young people for 70 years. Last year (2016) we worked with over 7,000 young people providing support and development in their local communities.

To find out more about Row Runner, including sign up details for 2018, click here.