Row, row, row the Channel

Andrew Noakes, who rowed the equivalent of the English Channel for charity. He works at RAF Mildenhall
Andrew Noakes, who rowed the equivalent of the English Channel for charity. He works at RAF Mildenhall
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A VOLUNTEER for one of East Anglia’s most active search and rescue teams has carried out a special channel crossing for charity.

Andrew Noakes, 40, a civilian who has worked at RAF Mildenhall for 23 years, travelled the equivalent of the Dover to Calais crossing on a rowing machine for Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

Andrew said the toughest part of the 34km ‘crossing’, was dealing with cramp - and certain areas going numb.

“There was a bit of fidgeting around in the seat and placing of towels, but the worst part was getting cramp a few kilometres in and having to carry on,” he said.

Andrew raised more than £800 for the search and rescue service with the stunt.

The distance took him just over three hours to complete - at least two hours longer than the conventional ferry crossing.