Inspired by this summer’s Olympic success, Sheffield-lad Liam Ronan will row the English Channel in aid of charity Cancer Research UK.
Liam, from Meadowhead, had never lifted an oar, yet alone rowed a boat, before he agreed to a Cross-Channel Charity Challenge last summer.
The 27-year-old learned how to row late last summer in London and has been training regularly with crewmates, in the gym and on sea in Shoreham, near Brighton.
He is taking part in the event as part of a four-man crew.
The London Olympic Games have spurred on Liam and the rest of the crew to keep training hard and to realise their charitable goal of rowing from Dover to Calais.
When they reach France however, they will not be given medals but will be giving the sponsorship raised to charity Cancer Research UK.
The rowers will be crossing the channel in the last week of September.
Owls fan Liam, who has worked in Sheffield Town Hall as a political adviser and is currently doing the same role in Camden, London, still returns frequently to his home city and is Northern Ambassador for Cancer Research UK.
He said: “The Olympics have been a big inspiration. Great Britain did so well, especially athletes from Yorkshire.
“People like Jess Ennis have been inspirational and really given me that extra mental push.
“Despite not even knowing how to row last year, I now really feel that I can go for gold in my row across the English Channel.”
■ To support Liam and his crew, visit www.justgiving.org.uk/thebigsea.