NEVER ONES to shirk a challenge, the members of the Airport Police and Fire Service Rowing Club are preparing for a mammoth charity row this summer that will see them navigate the entire length of the mighty River Shannon.
Over three days in June, a committed crew from the club are planning to row a staggering 320km from Lough Allen to the jetty at Shannon Airport. The crew will leave their Dublin Airport bound for Fahy on the north shore of Lough Allen on June 27 to begin the huge challenge that will see them row more than a 100km each day. A spokesperson for the club said: 'We hope to be able to have a large cruiser capable of carrying 8-10 people as our support boat which will be crucial for us to take on this challenge.' The crew's land support team, as in previous challenges, will be kindly provided by The Emergency Services Training Institute. The crew will have to navigate their way through all seven locks on the great river including Ardnacrusha and the three loughs of Allen, Ree and Derg. The club spokesperson explained: ' This challenge although very tough will also be great craic, unlike the last three challenges which only involved pain, this challenge will take us along a spectacular route and will be a great opportunity the raise money for the 2013 charities which are Make-A-Wish, Bee for Battens and Down Syndrome Ireland. 'However, we need as many people as possible to help make this a success, I know that we are only a small club so we will need everyone on board so to speak to pull this off. ' The thought of rowing for three days solid may not at first fill you with a feeling of joy but if we have three rowing crews this challenge will be that little bit easier. ' The A.P.F.S. Rowing Club are looking for new and existing members to get involved in this challenge. I believe that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to row the longest river in this part of the world and a memory that you will never forget.'