Alumnus Attempts the Individual Million Metres Rowing Record

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) alumnus Graeme Gordon is undertaking an incredible feat to complete a million metres on the rowing machine in September for charity.

Graeme will take on the Concept2™ ‘Individual Million Meters Record’ attempt between 11th-17th September 2022.

In 2021, BSc Biology graduate Graeme Gordon, ran a half marathon, cycled, then rowed the 160 miles of the River Thames from Lechlade to Tower Bridge, over 5 days, raising money for 5 charities. Unsatisfied with this remarkable achievement, he is now training to complete a million meters on the rowing machine. Completing this in under 6 days, 14 hours and 29 minutes, will earn him the Concept2™ ‘Individual Million Meters Record’ – a world record in the 60-69 age category.

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Graeme, who is raising money for Merlow RowAbility said: “I fully appreciate the positive impact of physical activity, no matter what your ability, personal goals or limitations. Helping Marlow RowAbility to achieve their £200k target is so important to me; it will allow many more people to enjoy equal opportunities to access the river safely.”

Following completion of a BSc Science majoring in Biology in 1978 at the then Paisley College of Technology (now UWS), Glasgow-born Graeme’s career has seen him researching anaerobe genetics for the United Nations in Istanbul before deciding to join the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as an officer. Leaving the Royal Navy in 1980, Graeme bought a double-glazing franchise before deciding to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with, what is now, Deloitte. Graeme went on to become CEO and Executive Director of Praxity, the world’s largest alliance of independent accounting and consulting firms.

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