Craze-y Phil is rewarded

A CHIRNSIDE rower’s world record achievements have been rewarded with a special trophy from his employers AEGON UK.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 17th September 2011, 7:10 am

IT project manager Phil Craze recently broke two world records for 24 hour indoor rowing, one of which had been held for over 10 years.

Phil, 36, who completed the challenge in the foyer of AEGON’s Edinburgh headquarters in May, rowed 313,248m to break the overall world record for 24 hour indoor rowing by 136m and the 10-year-old world record for the 30-40 age group in indoor rowing by over 5.5km.

He also broke the overall British record.

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A member of Berwick Rowing Club, Phil raised over £8,900 for The Stroke Association and Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, as his brother suffered a stroke at the age of 37 and his mother-in-law suffers from MS.

In recognition of this, Phil has been shortlisted out of 10,000’s of applications to carry the Olympic torch next summer, following a joint nomination by both charities. Phil will find out in December if he will be one of 8,000 runners who will carry the torch.

An experienced indoor rower, Phil has competed in races between 500 and 2,000 metre distances at the national indoor rowing championships, and received lots of messages of support ahead of the challenge - including one from five times Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave.

Commenting on his success Phil said: “I had this goal for two and a half years so to get to the finish was amazing.

“I was euphoric at the end - I had to compose myself as I nearly burst into tears.”

“The last 20 minutes were really hard, your mind starts to play tricks on you and the minutes start to last forever, there’s lots of negative thoughts in your mind.

“But there were about 300 people in the doorway, the whole office was urging me on which was tremendous.

“The crowd really helped me over the line.”

Adrian Grace, chief executive AEGON UK said: “What Phil achieved is incredible and to break not just one, but two, world records is exceptional.

“All of us at AEGON congratulate him on this fantastic achievement.”

Phil’s next rowing challenge is as part of the AEGON indoor rowing team who will defend their three year title at the 2012 Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday, January 29.