Get rowing, fund dementia research!

Indoors on a rowing machine, outdoors on the water: however you row, push yourself with an amazing challenge to fund life-changing dementia research with Rowing for Research

Choose your target distance and complete it between 1 October and 28 February. Plus raise £200 to get your exclusive Rowing for Research medal!

This challenge has been extended to celebrate the incredible Frank Rothwell, who at 70 years old will be rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, solo, starting on 12 December. Frank’s goal is to raise an incredible £1 million for dementia research!

Your rowing has the power to change lives

More people with dementia have died from COVID-19 in England and Wales than those with any other pre-existing condition. In fact, a quarter of COVID-19 deaths have been people with dementia.

One in three people born today will go on to develop dementia in their lifetime – but your incredible challenge has the power to change this through research.

Choose your distance

How far will you row (or kayak, paddleboard, or canoe!)?

Row 2km a day in January and February


Row a cumulative 118km before 28 February! Think you’re up to the challenge?

Row the Oxford/Cambridge boat race – 50 times!


Channel the legendary race’s competitive spirit and challenge yourself to complete the race distance 50 times.

Set your own distance

Row your own way!

Why not honour a milestone birthday, or row the equivalent distance between two places special to you?

How do I sign up?

  1. Sign up here to create your fundraising page and choose your distance (use our handy guide above!)
  2. Share your page! Tell everyone what you’re doing and why you’re supporting dementia research.
  3. Get tracking. Add rows manually from your fundraising page.
  4. Watch your kms and your fundraising go up – and unlock virtual badges as you go!
  5. Complete the challenge by 28 February and receive your Rowing for Research medal when you raise over £200.

Thanks to our partner

We're pleased to announce that Garmin has become the official sponsor of our sporting events for the next three years, which also includes Rowing for Research. We will work together to help reduce people’s risk of developing dementia by encouraging them to make positive lifestyle changes.

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