Past Sporting Challenges in Support of the Guernsey Branch
Around Guernsey MS Challenge 1997
The Multiple Sclerosis challenge team achieved their goal to be the fastest crew ever to row around Guernsey. That record still stands. In the process they raised £3,000 for the MS Society
Great River Race Challenge 1998
Competing against 240 other fixed seat boats, the MS challenge team were the fastest boat on the river Thames with a new race record against UK competitors and raised £3,500 to help MS sufferers in the Bailiwick.
Round the Islands MS Challenge 1999
First crew to row non-stop around the Channel Islands inside 24hrs. The coxed 4 man formation successfully completed this challenge in 21 hrs 30mins raising £9,000 for the Society
Home to Dome MS Challenge 2000
A team of 10 (2 crews of 4 plus cox) rowed 270 miles from Guernsey to the Millennium Dome in London. The Challenge was completed non stop in 48 hrs raising £28,000
Island Merry-Go-Round MS Challenge 2001
Row, walk, and cycle around the outer circles of Guernsey as a five man team inside 24hrs. The team comfortably met their target time by completing the challenge in 18hrs and raised £4,500
The Merry go round team from the left, Adek de Kooker, John Lewis, Sam de Kooker, Colin Fallaize and Stephen Pipe (bottom)
Going Dutch 2002
A team of 14 rowed the 438 miles from Guernsey into the heart of Amsterdam. The challenge attracted enormous media and public interest locally and the tremendous determination of the rowers was rewarded with over £28,000 being raised for M.S. society.
A fire tug salutes the rower's arrival in Amsterdam
London to Paris World Record row
The team of 17 rowers and 35 support crew broke the world record for rowing from London to Paris and raised sufficient money (over £130,00) to fund an MS nurse for the Island for five years. The MS nurse, along with the MS physio provided by the States, is helping to transform the support available for people affected by MS in the Bailiwick. The world record still stands today.
2005 Mission Atlantic row
Four brave women from Guernsey took part in the 2005 Atlantic rowing race and pulled of an amazing feat of endurance and strength. The girls faced mountainous seas and unfavorable winds but beat all other fours in this year's race.
The Mission Atlantic crew crossed the finish line with a crossing time of 67 days, 7 hours and 20 minutes. Mission Atlantic has claimed a number of great firsts. Mission Atlantic crew members, Paula Evemy, Kathy Tracey, Sarah Day and Lois Rawlins-Duquemin are the first all female Fours crew to row the Atlantic Ocean, in fact to be specific any ocean and they are also the first crew to successfully row a Woodvale Fours class boat across the Atlantic Ocean (East to West).
In addition to this amazing sporting achievement, the girls have raised money for the MSSsociety and Guernsey's Society for Cancer Relief (Bulstrode House).
Indoor Rowing Milliom Metre Challenge
The million metre challenge was undertaken in 2009 by Simon Johns, Tom De Kooker, Paul Izaacs and Sam De Kooker, working in relay around the clock. Their mission – apart from attempting to post a record time, was to raise awareness about communication problems that some MS sufferers experience, and specifically to raise money for a 'Lightwriter' for Paul Diligent - an MS sufferer who is resident at the Cheshire Home. The team posted an exceptionally good time and in the money raised, exceeded the amount required for a Lightwriter, which is a communication device that enables texting and vocal articulation for people having difficulties with speech.
2011 Indoor rowing event in aid of the Guernsey Cheshire home an the MS Society
This indoor rowing challenge took place December 4, 2011. It was a combination event.12 rowers each attempted to row100 kilometres non stop in the quickest time possible, while a team of 10 lady rowers did it in relay. Meanwhile, on the mass participation side of things, many teams of four, representing schools, sports and social clubs undertook a series of 2k sprint relays throughout the day. First home in the 100k was Simon Johns in a time of 6hours 55minutes (approx). Second – coming in about a minute later, was Trevor Coulter aka the Swede, in a new British age group record (50 – 59yrs). On time the ladies came in about 6th. The whole event combined raised £18,000 which was divided equally between the Guernsey MS Society and the Guernsey Cheshire Home.
Paul Issacs getting confused about indoor/outdoor perhaps?