Noble's row raises $20,000

A fitness trainer has broken a British indoor rowing record for 100,000 meters and raised more than $20,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Children’s Tumor Foundation. 

Craig Noble recorded 7 hours, 6 minutes at Anytime Fitness in Camana Bay on Saturday to beat the 40/50 age group record by five minutes. 

The Children’s Tumor Foundation raises awareness and funding to find a cure for the millions worldwide living with neurofibromatosis, which affects one in every 3,000 people. 

Mr. Noble, the master trainer at Anytime Fitness, is a former British Army soldier and Great Britain triathlon team member for 15 years. He is also a former European sprint triathlon champion and won the Cayman Islands Marathon in 2005. 

He completed 18 Ironman events, his last one in Nice, France, 12 years ago before retiring from such grueling sporting challenges. The rowing “marathon” was his first serious sporting challenge since then. 

Mr. Noble, 45, wanted to create an indoor event which included audience participation. With four additional rowers on either side of him, he invited community support for all the rowers throughout the attempt. 

For 18 weeks, he completed an average of 120,000 meters of rowing per week in preparation for the record attempt. Mr. Noble said it was the support of many Anytime Fitness members who joined him for training sessions that inspired him to keep going. 

“It was a joint effort on the day, to be honest,” he said. “The love and support that surrounded me was so inspirational and allowed me to hang on in those last three hours of darkness. Very ugly, but records are never pretty. 

“All in all, I feel we achieved what I set out to do and created a huge amount of awareness for the two charities, so it was a win-win for everyone involved. Thank you.” 

Christine Connor, owner of Anytime Fitness, said, “It was such an emotional day – especially the last hour. There were definitely tears. 

“We had an amazing turnout and were blown away by the community generosity and support for Craig and all his hard work. He truly is one of a kind. 

“Thank you to everyone involved in the event, especially our corporate sponsors, Z99, the supporting rowers, our amazing members, the Red Cross, family and friends and our Anytime Fitness team.” 

Donations are welcome until Nov. 30 at Anytime Fitness, Camana Bay. 

Craig Noble in action during his record-breaking 100,000 meters indoor row. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
Craig Noble in action during his record-breaking 100,000 meters indoor row. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD