Atlantic row for the global stem cell register

Training at Burnham-on-Crouch
I’m taking on the challenge of a lifetime next month – rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in a bid to raise awareness of stem cell research, a field of science that might have helped the young daughter of a friend win her battle against blood cancer.

Three of us – small company investor Martin Beaumont, software industry executive Hamish Miller and I – make up Team Margot Atlantic Rowers, one of 30 crews in this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile (5,000 km) race across the ocean starting in La Gomera on the Canary Islands on December 12 and ending in Antigua around 40 days later.

Although I was a mainstay of the GB kayaking team back in the late 1980s my rowing experience is more limited – a season or so at Bryanston School 35 years ago and rather more sessions on the ergometer at my local gym in the past 12 months. My motivation for braving 20+ meter waves and storm-force winds – not to mention six weeks of dubious sanitation – is the fate of Margot Martini, the two-year-old daughter of friends, who succumbed to blood cancer when her parents were unable to find a matching stem cell donor in time to save her.

We don’t want your money. What we’d love is for people to become aware of what the Stem Cell Register is, to click through and consider signing up. It’s easy, it’s safe, it can save lives and help families in terrible predicaments all over the world. You can find out more on the team website at www.werowyouregister.org Continue reading

The Uxbridge connection

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The last time I met the sitting MP for Uxbridge was in 1988 while a politics student at nearby Brunel University. Michael Shersby, the then Parliamentary representative for our local constituency, generously hosted Brunel’s annual Government Society dinner at the House of Commons, and arranged an array of guest speakers.

One year, we were fortunate to have the Speaker, the then Bernard (later Lord) Weatherill, who came to talk about democracy and the importance of being actively involved.

On another occasion, sharing the evening with the local Conservative Association, we were slightly less impressed by Minister of Education Angela Rumbold. Possibly labouring under the misapprehension that we were the University’s Conservative Students Group, she decided to lecture us about how the Tories were ‘good for education’. Continue reading

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race: news

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The annual nonstop Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (“DW”) concluded in London today (Easter Sunday, 21 April).

For only the second time in the race’s history, the event was won by a mixed pair, Dan Seaford and Alexandra Lane (pictured)
of Reading Canoe Club. The duo saw off intense competition from international athletes and military canoeists from numerous Army regiments and the Royal Marines to win the DW race, often described as one of the toughest endurance events in the world.

Due to issues with the event website only a partial amount of content can be displayed there. As a result, press releases are hosted here at www.guydresser.com

A full list of results from the DW Canoe Race can be found here.

If you need high resolution images of any of the competitors, please inform Guy Dresser, Head of Communications for the DW International Canoe Race.

Contact Guy on 07713 066 986 or email publicity@dwrace.co.uk

News releases issued on 21 April 2019:

Hundreds finish 125 miles Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race despite scorching Easter – Press Release 21 April 2019

Mixed crew overturn the odds to win 125 mile canoe race epic – Press Release 21 April 2019

Injured military veterans defy weather to finish 125 mile canoe race epic – PRESS RELEASE 21 April

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race PRESS PACK.

Picture credit: Peter Burbridge

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2019 PRESS PACK

Below are useful documents for journalists/photographers following the 2019 Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.

MEDIA ADVISORY. Click here to download (PDF).

BACKGROUNDER. History of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

BACKGROUNDER. The 40 year old nonstop Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race record. Click here to download (PDF).

DW 2019 course times – where will competitors be and when? Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: 650 competitors set for annual Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: Fowey Canoe Club poised for success in annual Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: Injured Military Veterans take on all-comers in 125 mile Easter canoe race epic. Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: Team GB paddlers aim for win in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

High resolution images are available on request. 

Samantha Martyn and Bronte Holden of Wey and Fowey Canoe Clubs

Peter Wilkes and Dan Palmer of Fowey Canoe Club

Peter Wilkes and Dan Palmer of Fowey Canoe Club

Keith Moule in front with Tom Sharpe behind

Competitors in a training race leading up to the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2019