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Adventures in a bathtub

11 September 2007

Jake Meyer (BSc 2007) has rowed the length of the river Thames in a bathtub in aid of flood victims.

He was the youngest Brit ever to climb Mount Everest in 2005 and climbed the highest mountain of every American state in 2006. This year Jake Meyer (BSc 2007) has done something slightly different.

The 23-year-old rowed the length of the river Thames in a bathtub in aid of flood victims in his home county of Gloucestershire. Jake set off on 1 September in his unlikely vessel from Lechlade and completed the 130-mile rowing marathon in just five days.

Before he set off, he said: ‘I’ll be armed with little more than a paddle, tent, rubber duck and buckets of enthusiasm. As far as I know, nobody has ever successfully completed this wild route in a bathroom fitting, and I realise that I will be challenging commonsense as well as personal hardship.’

He continued: ‘I am raising money for the Red Cross UK Flood Appeal. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by the July floods. Gloucestershire was one of the worst hit counties. Fortunately my family weren't affected, but many were. This expedition is my way of trying to do a little to help.’