Tim Downes, son of R.A.B.I’s Shropshire chairman, Christine Downes, is for the second time taking part in a rowing race across the Irish Sea, in aid of R.A.B.I.
The Celtic Challenge is the world’s longest true rowing race, stretching 90 nautical miles from Arklow in County Wicklow, Ireland, to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast. Not for the faint-hearted it is race of extreme endurance which takes between 15-24 hours to complete, depending on the weather.
Each week Tim (pictured above, prior to his previous race) rows and trains alongside other farmers at Shropshire Adventures Racing Club on the River Severn. In his day job, Tim is a partner in the family’s 700 acre dairy farm in Shropshire, which has been organic since 2000. Last year he was awarded OMSCo’s Farm of the Year for his ‘incredibly visionary and open minded approach to dairying and hunger for knowledge’.
As well as this being his second Challenge, Tim and his family are long supporters of R.A.B.I with the whole family actively involved in many fundraising activities for which we are very grateful.
The Celtic Challenge takes place on 1st May and we wish Tim fine weather and the best of luck. If you’d like to support Tim you can sponsor him on JustGiving.