A ROWER set a world record without touching a drop of water.
Gill Prescott rowed flat-out on a rowing machine for more than seven minutes to set the new 2km record at the English Indoor Rowing Championships, in Manchester.
Gill’s time of seven minutes 21.1 seconds beat the existing record by more than two minutes.
“It was my target to beat the record so I am delighted to have done it,” said Gill, who is a vet in Durham City and a member of Durham Amateur Rowing Club, in Green Lane.
“My category was 55+ and as I am now 55, I thought this was the best time to attempt the record.
“There is no doubt indoor rowing has become more competitive in recent years, not least because a lot of cyclists and triathletes use it for cross-training.”
Gill took up rowing, both on the water and off it, seven years ago after her triplet daughters left home to go to university.
She is dedicating her world record to training partners Helen McMillan and Victoria Lloyd, and her coach at Durham ARC, Geoff Graham.
Club spokesman Andy Jaggard said: “Gill is totally dedicated to her rigorous training programme and is incredibly fit.
“She is also a bit of a legend on the water after she won six events in the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Duisburg, Germany, last September.”