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Lancaster University Boat Club’s Dan Morgan broke the world record for the most metres rowed in 24 hours on a rowing machine, in the Men’s Under 20 Open Weight category over December 18th and 19th, 2010. The event took place outside in the heart of Lancaster in Market Square, in sub-zero temperatures.
As well as having to contend with the freezing cold, Dan also had to overcome other issues that accompany such a sustained period of rowing, such as dehydration and fatigue. However, the Lancastrian public were out in force and were quick to show their admiration and support for Dan’s attempt.
During the feat, Dan burned around 14,000 calories and lost a staggering 3kg in weight. He took on this challenge in order to raise money for the Antony Nolan Trust and Lancaster University Boat Club. The proceeds will be split equally between the two causes, with the total amount raised yet to be confirmed. “It was as mentally difficult as it was physically, but I’m glad that I did it,” said Dan.
He added: “I’m very pleased to have got the record, and it’s great we’ve raised so much money. I felt absolutely shattered for the next two days, but quickly recovered after that. I’d need serious tempting to even consider doing it again anytime soon!”