SIXTH Form College student Tom Lewis took on the Platinum ‘Row For It’ challenge on Sunday to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.
The 18-year-old rowed 42.195km – a full marathon – for the worthy cause at an event in Touchwood Shopping Centre.
He was one of approximately 30 rowers to undertake the ‘Row For It’ challenge in Solihull, with rowers completing distances of 10km, half-marathon and full-marathon.
Tom elected to go for the toughest challenge, despite having no rowing experience.
“I didn’t want to take on anything but the longest distance,” he said.
“I wanted to raise awareness about this disease in young people, because I don’t think people realise that this happens in our age group. I also liked the idea of the challenge.
“I knew it was going to be really tough and it did really hurt, but I was absolutely determined that I was going to do it. I’ve got blisters on my hands and feet and I’m feeling pretty sore, but having people in Touchwood watching me really spurred me on.”
His efforts have seen him raise more than £200 for the cause.