Spectacular challenge for visitors this weekend

This weekend’s Essex Spectacular Show will witness one of the county’s record breakers raising money for charity.

Adventurer Charlie Pitcher, from Felsted, will be challenging visitors to put their rowing skills to the test by racing against him to generate funds for two good causes.

The 47-year-old will be based at Chelmsford’s Inchcape Volkswagen Van Centre stand close to the Essex Spectacular Show’s entrance and is looking forward to the challenge.

Those who race against Charlie on the rowing challenge have the opportunity to donate £2 to charity, with the money raised being split between automotive charity BEN and a charity of Charlie’s choice.

He currently holds the solo record for rowing across the Atlantic in the fastest time in the Woodvale Challenge, but is expecting some tough opposition.

Charlie said: “I’m really looking forward to this challenge and hoping to see many people rowing against me.

“Raising money for charity is something I enjoy and I was delighted when Inchcape Volkswagen Van Centre asked me to do this event.

“This is one of the more unusual fundraising events I’ve been part of, and it will be certainly a little easier than battling against the high seas of the Atlantic.”

Inchcape Volkswagen Van Centre’s newly appointed head of business, Chris Bunce, said: “We’re thrilled Charlie can come down to our stand to help make the day even more enjoyable.

“Charlie is a great guy and very inspirational, I’m sure visitors to the Essex Spectacular Show and our stand will enjoy meeting him.”

In addition to rowing, Charlie completes long distances runs to raise money and awareness for charity and for personal enjoyment.

For the last 18 months, he has been concentrating on specific training for his upcoming Ultra Desert Marathon and the 2012 Woodvale Challenge  Atlantic Rowing Race.