Sheffield rower’s one million metre challenge

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If anybody can conquer the madcap task of rowing the equivalent of one million metres, it’s Richard Campos.

The retired Norton business consultant is the 11th best indoor-rower, in his age class, in the world.

Richard Campos, at Woodlands Gym, Dronfield

Richard Campos, at Woodlands Gym, Dronfield

And the 62-year-old is using his endurance to raise charity cash for Arc, the charity helping parents through antenatal screening when a baby’s life expectancy is low. “My son and his partner when they lost a baby about 4 years ago” said Campos, who has been raising funds for them since. Last year he did the Three Peaks and a further 4,000 sponsored miles biking, rowing and walking.

He raised about £1,600, which helped run a counselling service in Jessops Hospital. Now he hopes to donate more to doctors surgeries by rowing 621 miles under the supervision of trainer Jon Hodgkinson, at Woodlands gym, Dronfield.

“I feel confident I can do it” Campos said, on video at

The 6ft 8ins rower, formerly a squash player at Fulwood, Abbeydale and Hallamshire, is undertaking the task until September, having started in April.

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