On 27th April 2018 I took on the challenge of rowing in a single skull from London to Oxford, a distance of 165 km. I've been raising money for Cancer Research in honour of my dad, Tim Heymann, who died from brain cancer in October 2016 when he was just 55. He was an amazing man who was a doctor, a university lecturer and a director of various public bodies. He was much loved by his patients and students, and his many friends and family members.
This is a really challenging trip. It is usually done by boats with eight rowers, which is much easier. Boats also normally row from Oxford to London with the flow of the river, rather than against it. I completed it in three days.
I am an experienced rower so relished this challenge. I rowed for Oxford in the Oxford Cambridge lightweight boat race in 2017. I started by rowing the Boat Race course and continued all the way to Oxford, to be greeted by my friends.