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Norman Marler - celebrating the special anniversary of an outstanding fundraising event

9 months ago By David Peck

June 1992 – Norman raised close to £2,000 for the Youth section by rowing single-handed from France to Brixham

“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 rower
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!

The player
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.

The volunteer
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 13:13 - 18 Jul 2018 by David Peck

Where next?

Farewell to local rugby legend Jack Smith Brixham RFC members attended the service for great rugby character today
Your Brixham RFC rugby weekend kicks off with Free-to-View Colts home action Watch Colts v Okehampton this evening, support the 1st XV at Exmouth on Saturday then the U7s - U12s versus Kingsbridge RFC on Sunday at home

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