Date published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Former Oldham Rugby League player John Power, paralysed when he suffered a broken neck in a reserve team game at Dewsbury in 1995, will again be raising money for the RFL’s Benevolent Fund at a sponsored event in Huddersfield on Thursday (July 21).

John (34) hit the headlines at a similar event in Leeds last year when, using only his arms, he astounded experts by completing a marathon on a static rowing machine in five hours and 26 minutes to raise more than £1,000 for the RFL fund that assists seriously injured players.

“I’m still waiting for clarification that I established a world record,” he said, “but it isn’t about that, it’s about raising money for Try Assist and enabling the RFL to support members of the rugby league family whose circumstances have changed dramatically as a result of serious injury.”

Rowing Challenge 2011 takes place on Thursday at The Zone in Huddersfield where John will be partnered by former Salford City Reds player Chris Arden on a challenge to row a half marathon.

“It might look as though I’m taking an easy option this time,” added John, “but it will still be tough and I’ll be teaming up with Chris to hopefully raise a lot of money again.”

BBC rugby league commentator Dave Woods, who is helping to organise the event, said: “We raised £12,000 last year, and we hope to beat it this year. The challenge can be undertaken by individuals or by teams of up to five.

“To complete a marathon as an individual is tough even for serious rowers, so what John achieved last year was absolutely phenomenal.”

To support John Power financially go to www.justgiving.com/john-chris