VIDEO: Lewisman completes epic charity row with marathon

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A Lewisman has rowed the entire length of the Gambia River - some one million, one hundred and thirty thousand metres - to raise money for charity.

David Graham completed the epic row at Ionad Spors Leodhais on Saturday having spent 23-weeks, and every night off work, rowing incessently on an indoor rowing machine in the sports centre.

David and his supporters

David and his supporters

The remarkable and gruelling challenge required the big-hearted fundraiser to row a mammoth 45,000 metres weekly plus two half marathons and one full marathon to finish.

Speaking to the Gazette after finally completing the massive mileage Graham beamed: “It’s been really hard work and I’m glad to have finished.

‘‘However, I will carry on rowing, just maybe not to the same distances that I have been.”

Since taking on the huge challenge in December, Graham has covered the miles in impressive fashion.

Despite battling against painful blisters on both his hands and heels, he has ploughed on with a smile and to date has raised more than £3000 for his chosen charities of The Gambia Partnership and Hebrides Alpha.

“We raised £536 just on Saturday itself and are now sitting around £3100 at the moment,” he explained.

“We are hoping to add to that yet though and my fundraising page is still open at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/davidgraham4gambia if anyone would like to make a

donation.”