LARC RAISES OVER £450 FOR LYMINGTON HOSPITAL FRIENDS

Lymington ARC has raised over £450 for Lymington Hospital Friends, who support the excellent staff and key workers at the local Lymington Hospital, with it's "Lockdown Games" held on Saturday 2nd May. 

The Lockdown Games, the brainchild of LARC Captain Livvi Bull, was held on the date that would have originally hosted Milford Regatta and mark the start of the 2020 season. Members (both past and present) and guests from other clubs got involved over several different events that were all suitable for the current restrictions. 

Entries included a £5 donation through a JustGiving page (click here to donate!) and the club has raised over £450 at the time of writing.

The club would like to thank everyone who got involved in this fun challenge and who helped raise money for a great cause. We had entries from all around the association including Christchurch, Southsea and Southampton Rowing Club's and it was great to see so many people getting involved. 

Full results of the challenge are available at the bottom of the page but here is a round up of the key events.

The host club won seven of the eight categories, with only Mike Joscelyne spoiling the clean sweep by winning the 500m ergo challenge for Christchurch. He set an impressive 1 minute, 22 seconds marker, beating LARC's own Richard Wadsworth by almost four seconds with Shanklin's Riley Horrix less than a second adrift in third. 

In the Women's 500m ergo, Lena Mills came out on top with an excellent 1 minute, 41 seconds with a strong performance from Kirsty Melin keeping her within two seconds of the top spot while Ellie Potter rounded out the top 3. 

In the Men's 1K run, Jack Cox took the win for Lymington with a rapid 3 minutes, 9 seconds which was only just ahead of an equally impressive 3 minutes, 11 seconds effort from Christchurch's Rob Standley. Christchurch locked out the rest of the top four with Miles Weekes taking third ahead of club-mate Jack Rose. 

In the Women's equivalent, Lena earned her second win to make her the most successful individual of the day with a time of 4 minutes, 30 seconds. Livvi Bull took second place with a very narrow one second advantage over Emma Butchers in P3. 

Sam Botting set the fastest time in the Men's 1 mile bike ride (all done under "drive safely rules!") with a blistering 2 minutes, 10 seconds, which was just enough to hold off Mike Leyland-Jones in second place. Only seven seconds separated the entire top 3, with the evergreen Tim Bull rounding out the podium spots.

Livvi took a category win in the Women's 1 mile bike ride by a comfortable margin, putting down a time of 2 minute, 45 seconds. Deborah Wallis came home in second place with Amanda Bull finishing in third overall. 

Two further categories were held with both genders combined with Lymington's Masters rowers taking the top spots in each.

In the press up's challenge, Tim Bull was a comfortable winner by completing a whopping 76 in a minute, 13 reps clear of Alex Barnes in second, who needed a personal best to beat Kenny Chalk by a whisker with 63 to 62 for second and third.

The Mills family took the only family one-two finish in the Squat Jumps challenge. Hugo Mills put down a brilliant 67, just beating son Seb to the top by two jumps while a good performance from Colin Cain left him in third place and only four adrift of Mills the younger. 

Finally, the Dave Stafford Challenge, which was held in memory of Lymington's former club captain, took place again this season with three teams taking part, albeit under very different circumstances. This years challenge was won by the Mills family (Hugo, Bernadette, Lena and Seb) with the Bulls second and Caines finishing third. 

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