I remember when I took this challenge on. I knew it would be hard to row the distance of the English Channel while still suffering tuberculosis (TB). But I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was: 34,000 metres is a long way to row.
On the day I was so nervous. All the training has been completed, but the longest I had rowed in training was only 14,000 metres. I remember looking at the distance gauge and it read 16,500. At this point I got a really bad pain in the left side of my chest. I was never going to give up – I kept my head down and rowed my heart out. I had a lot of friends there to support me and I would never have managed to finish if it wasn’t for them. I will never forget that day. When I finished I really felt that I had shown TB who’s in charge.