Congratulations John Power

Date published: Monday, April 19, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to John Power for his magnificent achievement in completing a marathon 26 miles in five hours and 26 minutes in the Carnegie Challenge rowing event at Leeds Metropolitan University on Thursday.

It was believed that John might have become the first wheelchair competitor ever to finish a rowing marathon — all sponsorship proceeds going to the RFL Benevolent Fund — and efforts are currently being made to establish this as fact.

The former Oldham player, now a keen supporter of the club and a member of the club’s website team, set himself a sponsorship target of £1,000, but he surpassed that with ease with a flood of donations in the 24 hours immediately before and after the event.

When we talked with John on Friday afternoon the total on his just-giving website stood at more than £1,200 and he was expecting to top £1,300 and perhaps considerably more than that.

You can donate to John’s sponsorship effort on line at www.justgiving.com/John-Power1

Describing how he stunned the experts with his marathon effort, John said: “After about 20 miles I really hit the raw and I didn’t think I was going to make it. My energy levels were low and I was aching a lot.

“Every 5,000 metres I had a one-minute break, during which I took on water and had the occasional banana.

“At one of those stops I was really struggling but my physiotherapist Colin Green was on hand to keep an eye on me and it was he who pushed me on and got me through it.

“I was also grateful to the lads in the Roughyeds team who came over and encouraged me vocally at the time I needed it most.”

John, who will marry his fiancee Julie Butterworth in October, went on to complete a truly magnificent achievement on behalf of Try Assist — the fund that helps players in our sport who are seriously injured— and the heartfelt congratulations of everyone associated with Roughyeds go out to him.

Video footage from the day is available on Roughyeds TV or the Roughyed’s You Tube channel

Well done, John !