“Norman starts out on his single-handed row of the Channel”
In recognition of Norman’s tremendous fundraising effort completed all of 25 years ago, and his service to the Club as player and volunteer, he will be extended a very special welcome to the Club during Saturday’s First XV home fixture against Lydney.
The cross channel challenge took 38 hours of non-stop rowing to complete. Following the successful channel row Norman’s next charitable row attempt was to cross the Irish Sea from Cork to North Devon, but despite initial interest the main sponsors could not be further persuaded to fund the attempt.
Norman's nautical career was not always so successful. During the 1966/69 seasons he stroked a rugby club rowing crew of Nick Brown, Ray Gardner, Paul Churchill and John Frith. Competing in eighteen consecutive West of England Amateur regattas and representing both Paignton ARC and Dartmouth ARC – your rugby club team did no better than last in every regatta ... Norman beat the English Channel but not the river Dart!
As well as being an outstanding First XV team captain Norman is considered to be one of the best fly-halfs to have played for the Club since the 2nd World War. He represented his county of Devon, when the county was a very competitive side; he also played for club sides Plymouth Albion and Torquay, when the Tics were ranked alongside the very best in the West Country.
Although Norman's playing career ended prematurely due to injury problems, resulting in a number of hip operations, this did not deter him in becoming chair of Brixham RFC’s Youth section and an excellent fundraiser.
Please raise a glass to Norman Marler this coming Saturday.
Updated 15:18 - 17 Oct 2017 by David Peck