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Team Johnny’s Rowers from Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research taking part in the Battle Cancer Challenge


By Garry McCartney

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Club captain Claire Weller, Helen Innes, Alison Mackay, Sian Macdonald and PT Jenny Bichan.
Club captain Claire Weller, Helen Innes, Alison Mackay, Sian Macdonald and PT Jenny Bichan.

A GROUP of rowers is taking part in a fundraising challenge in aid of medical research.

Having trained at local fitness instructor Jenny Bichan’s gym since 2019, Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club members Sian Macdonald, Claire Weller, Helen Innes and Alison Mackay have become close to the Bichan family, including youngest son Rob who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2020.

Team “Johnny’s Rowers” – named after Rob’s oldest brother, fitness instructor Johnny – are competing in the Battle Cancer Challenge on Saturday, June 18 to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Rob Bichan at the peak of his CrossFit training before his diagnosis.
Rob Bichan at the peak of his CrossFit training before his diagnosis.

Sian said: “Rob has an inoperable brain stem tumour and has undergone radiotherapy. We are fundraising to increase research into this disease. It’s one of the most devastating cancers, killing more children and adults under 40 than any other.”

Johnny’s Rowers started at Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club with Johnny. Looking to increase their fitness and stamina, they continued working out during the coronavirus lockdown via Zoom, then outside when able to meet again.

Sian said: “Meeting twice a week during the pandemic helped us deal with lockdown, mentally and physically. This highlights how important exercise is for mental wellbeing!”

The Battle Cancer charity provides opportunities for the fitness community to raise money for worthy causes. This year’s event at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh will feature four workouts requiring strength and cardio fitness, as well as teamwork.

Rob and Jodie are attending as judges.

Sponsor Johnny’s Rowers at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Johnnys-rowers?utm_campaign=lc_frp_share_transaction_fundraiser_page_launched&utm_content=27cf4992-31ce-4720-b9a3-d76714016087&utm_medium=email&utm_source=postoffice&utm_term=1651265632856



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