THE GREENS2BLUE CREW
[L-R] David Knaggs & Richard Larking: Yorkshire Golfers and Ocean Rowing Pairs Team GREENS2BLUE
ALWOODLEY TO ANTIGUA
Two Yorkshire friends who were introduced to each other on the 1st Tee at Alwoodley Golf Course in 2011, are now swapping the fairways for the Atlantic Ocean as they take on the World's Toughest Row.
David Knaggs and Richard Larking regularly enjoy playing as partners in competitions at Alwoodley, both winning and losing silverware. They both however, shared a desire for a greater challenge than the golf course, and during the early hours of the morning on a friends 60th birthday trip, the idea to participate in the Atlantic challenge was floated. After the hangovers disappeared, the desire to take on the challenge remained.
David will have just turned 60, and Richard 59, when the 2025 challenge starts. The pair who are both qualified solicitors and fathers of two children, are relishing setting themselves such an extreme challenge, seeking to show that age is just a number and that with the required motivation, anything is possible.
MEET TWO GOLFERS IN A BOAT
I have been extremely fortunate to have spent many Februarys in Antigua and have watched in awe as crews have come into Nelson’s Dockyard wondering whether I had within me the strength of character to cross the finish line - only time will tell but my rowing partner fills me with complete confidence in our ability to meet this challenge.
I am hopeful that his eight years in the Royal Navy will hold us in good stead! At times over the years when listening to his stories of the high seas it has felt that he must have served for considerably longer! I hope our days at sea will give me as many stories to dine out on in the years to come.
Who knows what drives us to do the things we do. For some, the most difficult thing is simply to get out of bed in the morning, to face the day when you think you can’t. Some challenges look easier than others but we are all driven and tested by different things, to do it or not to do it…..for family and friends, or fear of failure perhaps - we have all had those moments in life. Surround yourself with good honest people and when the time comes to step up - you can look around you and then stare into the eye of the storm and say “not today and not on my watch” .
The Spartans would say:“…the more you sweat in training, the less you’ll bleed in battle…”
All well and good until a hidden sniper takes you down, so more important for us is: “ the harder you prep….the luckier you’ll get!”