Pure Gym

BOAT number 2

Retired from GBRow 2013 at Salcombe, Devon on June 6


Boat’s name: Pure Gym
Crewed by two women and two men. The light blue 24-foot-long ocean racing boat with two cabins and two rowing positions is sponsored by the Pure Gym chain and Absolute Aqua.

Name: Claire Shouksmith
Age: 34

From: Bournemouth, Dorset. Originally from York.

Profile: For five years, Claire – who works as a nanny – has been a coastal rower, as a member of Poole Amateur Rowing Club competing in the Hants and Dorset Championships and in regattas along the south coast of Great Britain. She has also had 12 years of expedition and adventure experience including climbing Mount Aconcagua in South America, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. Claire has also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro twice and 6.000-metre-high Mt Stok Kangri in India.

In 2009 she walked to the Magnetic North Pole, with two men competing in the Polar Race. They reached the pole in 19days 21 hours and 14mins.

Height: 5ft 6ins weight: 11 stone

Name: Steve Paterson
Age: 28

From: Originally from Poole but now lives in Oxford. He is single and works as a sports science technician at Oxford Brookes University.

Profile: Steve Paterson has never rowed a boat before in his life and gets seasick. He only started rowing last winter when he volunteered to join the crew of Team Pure Gym for GBRow 2013.

He is an ultra marathon runner and specializes in running races of 50 to 100miles. After GBRow 2013, Steve plans to move to Chamonix in the French Alps to work as a sports scientist and running expert.

Height: 1.79cm (5ft 10ins) Weight: 74kilos

Name: Ingrid Kvale
Age: 43

From: Originally from San Fransisco, California but has lived in Bristol for the last 15 years. Her father, Dagfinn, is Norwegian.

Profile: Wildlife documentary maker Ingrid took up rowing about four years ago when she planned to row the Atlantic. The attempt did not go ahead but she became hooked on rowing with the City of Bristol Rowing club. She was considered for the Seagals team in the 2010 GBRow Challenge but was unable to make the race because she had been booked to film whales in the waters off Alaska for the TV series Ocean Giants.

Ingrid says:”I love the sea and all water sports, particularly rowing, so I am extremely excited about the idea of taking part in the event with a friendly bunch of people, while raising money for charity at the same time.”

Ingrid’s chosen charity is The Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, which gives young people who have suffered from cancer the chance to experience sailing.

Height: 1.78metres weight: 70kilos

Team Website www.puregym-gbchallenge.co.uk
Twitter: @PureRow
Facebook: Pure-Gym-GB-Challenge