During Wednesday evening a team from Wessex Archaeology which consisted of Mark Williams, Dave Norcott, Becky Hall, Paolo Croce and Will Santamaria completed the Meridian Pull Challenge. The Meridian Pull Challenge is a 8.5 mile rowing challenge set on the river Thames and organised by the Thames Estuary Partnership as a way to raise funds for the AHOY Centre.
The AHOY centre works with disadvantaged children and young people and those with disabilities; running courses and training programmes to help them gain qualifications and life skills needed for employment.
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The challenge was no mean feat, 8.5 miles rowing along a choppy Thames is hard enough for experienced rowers but our team consisted of five people who had hardly any prior experience of rowing! However, they excelled as a team completing the challenge in an incredible 54 minutes 46 seconds and came second out of the five competing teams! 
We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us and thank our corporate sponsors Thomson Ecology, Microserve Ltd, SUERC (the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre), and Ready Power for their generous donations. If you haven’t donated, you still can via
Also, thank you to the staff at the AHOY Centre for all the help and support given and a special mention to Kerry our cox who did a fantastic job of keeping the team in order. There was great support for all the rowing teams which created a wonderful atmosphere; we were particularly pleased to have our Trustee Parvis Jamieson turn up to congratulate our team as they ended the challenge.