Four men from Worcestershire completed an epic charity challenge by rowing the distance of the River Severn on rowing machines in just 24 hours.

Greg Morrall, Guy Masters, Peter Rees and Will Copley rowed 354k in 24 hours - that’s 88.5k each - longer than two marathons each or from Birmingham to London and back.

They group were supporting two charities, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and Edwards Trust.

Doddie Wier was a Scottish and British Lions rugby player who sadly died last year from motor neurone disease (MND), and his foundation researches the cause and treatment of the illness. Edwards Trust provides support for bereaved families.

Peter Rees explained that for some unknown reason, rugby players have a greater incidence of MND than other sportsmen.

Rob Burrow, a former rugby league player, is currently suffering from MND, and more latterly Ed Slater of Gloucester RFC. Peter has also lost friends to this cruel disease which still has no cure.

“We’re all reasonably fit and we trained for this, but nothing prepares you for the sheer time and distance you have to cover, and the total lack of sleep” he said.

"Ultimately will power won the day and we’ve currently raised nearly £9,000 and hoping to exceed £10,000."

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