Shrewsbury School

Ridgemount raises nearly £3,000 for Atlantic Rowers

Friday 17 January 2014

Old Salopians Harry Martin-Dreyer and Alex Bland have just passed the halfway mark in their epic 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. Last weekend the boys in their former house staged their own rowing marathon and raised £2,825 for Harry’s and Alex’s nominated charities, Cure Leukaemia and Juvenile Diabetes Research.

“We have been following Harry’s and Alex’s incredible journey on an almost daily basis,” says Ridgemount Housemaster Will Hughes. “As fellow Ridgemountaineers, the boys here feel a particular pride in what Harry and Alex are doing and we wanted to do something to support them. We know that they have a gruelling regime and are rowing two hours on, two hours off, non-stop, 24-hours a day for 60 days. As a way of gaining just a brief glimpse of what that must feel like, we booked four of the School’s ergo machines for the weekend and every boy in the House rowed for an hour. They all attempted to go as far as possible in one hour and were supported by other boys with drinks, cushions and encouragement.”

Over the course of the weekend (in between lessons, chapel, sports fixtures, meals, sleeping etc) the boys rowed for a combined total of 60 hours - a total distance of 381 miles. Prizes were awarded to the boys from each year who rowed the furthest.

“We aimed to raise £1,000,” said Will Hughes. “I emailed the boys’ parents explaining what we were doing and asking them if they would pledge their support. They have been unbelievably generous and we are all absolutely delighted to have raised almost £3,000 for Harry’s and Alex’s charities. It just goes to prove the huge support people within the School community have for their incredible effort. We all wish them well for the second half of their journey.” 

To read Harry’s and Alex’s weekly blog or to make a donation, please visit

Below: The boys who rowed the furthest in their year groups were (l to r) Harry Lane Fox (V) - 14.757km, Magnus Chaplin (3) - 12.469km, Ulrik Cappelen (LVI) - 15.130km, Tristan Lywood (IV) - 13.372km.
Archie Lywood (UVI) is not pictured but rowed 13.769km.

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