Oarsman is reclaiming the river

Northern Star

BENTLEY oarsman Josh Rose has never been the type to back away from a challenge.

The 17-year-old, put himself through the unknown by rowing more than 100km of the Richmond River from Ballina to Lismore at the weekend.

He is the only Lismore Rowing Club member to attempt the feat in recent years.

"I'd been planning to do it for about eight months," Rose said.

"It wasn't as tough as I thought it would be but it will be another year before I do it again.

"When we train we do 20km at the most so it was a massive step up."

It took Rose 9 hours 48 minutes to complete the 115km journey.

He travelled the long stretch from Ballina to Coraki before finishing up back in Lismore.

His only stop along the way was a quick lunch break at Woodburn.

Rose was inspired to attempt the marathon row in less than 10 hours by club life member John Power, who did it several years ago.

"The rowing club used to do it every year about 30 years ago," Rose said.

"As far as I know I'm the second person to do it in the single scull.

"I tried to convince a few other people to do it with me but it's obviously a bit daunting.

"My aim was just to beat 10 hours and I'm pretty happy I did it. It's something I'll try to do every year now."

Rose, who trains with the North Coast Academy of Sport, is gearing up for another season of racing starting in September.

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