UCL Boat Club attempt a 48 hour Row-a-thon this weekend

Whilst we’re snuggled warm in bed with a steaming mug of tea, UCL Boat Club will be rowing continuously out in the freezing cold at Covent Garden Market.

No, this is not a punishment for lack of commitment (in fact UCLBC members seem to live on the rowing machines in the gym) or poor performance (last year the Senior Women got through to the semi finals at Henley Women’s and the Senior Men got through to the quarter finals at Henley Royal).

Last year’s senior women sporting UCL purple. (uclbc.com)

To celebrate their 150 years of history, UCLBC is bringing back the Row-a-thon. In the past, they’ve managed to raise an average of £6,000. This year, they’re aiming to raise at least £8,000 for Sport Relief 2014.

Each squad member has committed to do 2-hour sessions over the course of the weekend, rotating every half hour between rowing and talking to the public and collecting money. There will be 2 rowing machines working continuously, clocking up the kilometres.

Fortunately for them, the 2-hour shifts mean they can go home to sleep before their next session. So no, there won’t be scenes of UC men and women in skin tight rowing suits camping out in Covent Garden. Although there are some unfortunate souls with night shifts.

Senior men in Portugal looking cold. They don’t know what’s coming. (uclbc.com)

Pop along to the South East corner of the Covent Garden Market from 4pm on the 31st January until 4pm on the 2nd February to witness something that will make you feel ashamed of your post Sports Night McDonald’s.

Or if the thought of trudging out into the subzero outdoors isn’t so favourable, visit www.justgiving.com/UCLBC-48Hour-Row to make a donation.