Oxford UAS Row to London

19 - 21 September 2011
Oxford to London

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180km

3 Days

1 Boat



Oxford UAS DecAid Row

After hearing about DecAid, the students at Oxford University Air Squadron decided to put together an event to support this worthy cause: The Row to London. In 3 days, they are attempting to row from the centre of Oxford to the start of The Boat Race in Putney; a challenge in itself but even more so when you consider that more than half of the crew have not yet even stepped in a boat.

If you would like any more information about the event, please contact us on the following email address: oxfuas@btconnect.com If you are interested in our progress, you can also follow us using our twitter page HERE 

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Lewis Travers

Lewis, 20, studies Human Geography at the University of Reading is entering his second year of study. He is well accustomed to personal challenges and charity events, having previously cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats and he is currently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He is a keen sportsman and has been appointed as student GTI for the following year. He has a wide range of interests including flying, rowing, climbing, running, fine Italian wine, cycling and scuba diving.

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Jamie Williams

Jamie is entering his fourth year of study as an Engineer at the University of Oxford. Despite being this year’s OUAS Senior Student, he also finds time to pursue other interests which include rowing, flying, climbing, mountaineering, cricket, skiing and Formula 1. He has already completed this challenge with his college rowing team, Pembroke College Oxford. He also has experience coxing. With all of his experience in this field and his ability to be calm under pressure, he is an invaluable asset to the team.

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Alexander Ford

Alex, 20, is about to enter his third year studies in Materials Science at the University of Oxford. He has many extra-curricular interests which include roller hockey, skiing, wakeboarding and playing the guitar. He is the ‘Stash co-ordinator’, ensuring that we have the correct kit in order to enable to us to complete the challenge successfully as well as looking good; a task which he has completed fantastically well.

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Joe Wilding-Steele

Joe studies Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and is entering his fourth year. He has previous rowing experience, having rowed for his college team, Hertford College Oxford. He has also formed the core of the OUAS rowing team, having competed in both the men’s and mixed boats. He has many interests which include sport and flying. He also enjoys travelling, having travelled extensively around the world to study.

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David Ashe

Dashe has attended the ‘University of Life’, having joined the RAF at the age of 18. Now 22, he is a qualified RAF Pilot and is currently serving with 6 AEF squadron. He has many interests which include “the outdoors, bodies of water (activities on top of), aviation (rotary) and the study of human psychology & biology”. We are really grateful that Dashe is taking time off work to join the team. He is looking forward to the task at hand, never having stepped in a boat before.

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Callum Higgins

Callum, 19 is a second year student of Earth Sciences at Oxford University. Despite having little rowing experience, he is one of the most experienced rowers of the team and is looking forward to the challenge ahead. It will also be his first time coxing a boat. He also has other interests including tennis and mountain biking.

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Kara Swift

Kara, 20, is reading Law at Reading University. She is also a novice rower, yet is one of the keenest members of the team. Having completed similar physical feats in the past, she is really looking forward to the challenge ahead. Her interests include both following and playing rugby, especially Leicester Tigers which is her favourite team. She also enjoys film nights in with friends and travelling.

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James Pritchard

James, or ‘Pritch’ to everyone in OUAS, is 20 and studies Business Management and Finance at Oxford Brookes. He is this year’s Deputy Senior Student and has often been described as a ‘piece of the squadron furniture’, owing to the seemingly endless amount of time he can spend at RAF Benson. Despite his commitments to OUAS and his studies, he still finds time to enjoy other pastimes including climbing and canoeing. He is a very talented and experienced climber, leading several climbing expeditions.

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Robert Fleck

Rob, 19, is a History student at the University of Oxford. He is a Pilot Bursar and would like to become a rotary pilot within the RAF. He is the ‘workforce co-ordinator’, collating all of the information that you can see on this page. His other interests include hockey, skiing and cycling. He is looking forward to the challenge, having never rowed before.

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Matt Dennington

Matt, 20, studies meteorology at the University of Reading. His interests include Squash and (ridiculous) fundraising events/ triathlons. He recently completed a ‘triathlon’ from London to Rome for charity. He and a friend ran from London to Dover, swam the equivalent of the channel and cycled from Calais to Rome. This is a fantastic achievement in itself but even more so when you consider that it was completed in 23 days – a third faster than anticipated. Matt has kindly organised a safety boat to follow us on the journey.

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Peers Lyle

Peers is a Chemistry student at the University of Oxford entering his second year. Despite being on holiday for the majority of the challenge, he has kindly volunteered to come and row for the final day, despite having no previous rowing experience. He is a keen sportsman and is also extremely interested in flying, being a Bursar in the RAF.

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Mike Halloran

Michael Halloran 22 is entering his fourth year studying Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. Another team member with no experience in a boat but enough enthusiasm and fitness to get through the challenge. Michael is a keen sportsman, rugby being his main sport where he won the UAS Cranwell sevens tournament two years ago with Oxford UAS. Other hobbies include skiing, football, mountain biking and travelling.

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Mark Bates

Mark, 19, is currently studying Mathematics at the University of Oxford and is entering his second year of study. After competing at the inter UAS rowing regatta and talking to fellow Oxford University Air Squadron students, he thought it would be an interesting challenge to row from Oxford to London whilst supporting a charity. He has some rowing experience, having rowed for one year at Brasenose College Oxford. Mark is leading the team of UAS students and completing the general organisation of the challenge. As well as his studies, he also enjoys flying, swimming and playing the piano.

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