Novice Hall Green rower set to virtually sail the English Channel in memory of cousin - The Solihull Observer

Novice Hall Green rower set to virtually sail the English Channel in memory of cousin

Solihull Editorial 3rd Mar, 2021   0

A NOVICE rower travel across the English Channel on his front drive in memory of his cousin who died of a brain tumour.

Zac Hurst, who only took up rowing in November, will be putting choppy seas aside as he takes on the 21-mile row in one sitting to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.

The Hall Green resident was inspired to take on the challenge by his cousin Jack Snow, who sadly lost his life in July last year, after a ten year battle with a brain tumour.

Zac will be taking on his virtual channel crossing on March 13, this falls in the week would have been Jack’s birthday and also in Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Zac said: “Losing Jack really hit his family and friends hard. He was a laid back individual who wasn’t phased by any challenges he had to face, his sarcastic sense of humour would lighten the darkest of days.

“He was a very sociable person, he loved nothing more than catching up with friends over a pint, to discuss the latest football news.

“Jack was a huge football fan (Millwall FC was his passion) so being a beloved Leicester City fan myself I have decided to embark on this challenge while wearing a full Millwall kit for added humour.”

So far Zac has raised £9,000 and is hoping to reach £10,000 by the day of his virtual channel crossing attempt.

Despite his lack of rowing experience, Zac has been training hard and hopes to complete the distance in just under three and a half hours.

Zac said, “Having never successfully rowed anywhere or anything in my life before, I am expecting a few aches and pains for a few weeks after the event.

“But the thought of raising a substantial amount for Jack’s chosen charity is the one thing that will pull me through and make it all worth it.

“Jack never shied away from a challenge and embraced every situation with a smile so I will be hoping to do the same on the day.”

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