Record-breaking rower doesn’t let epilepsy stop him

Chief Inspector Ross Bennet at the Emirates Arena
Chief Inspector Ross Bennet at the Emirates Arena

A Fife police chief inspector has raised £745 by setting an unofficial world indoor rowing record prior to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ross Bennet, who worked at Police HQ in Glenrothes until recently, took part in the event with 213 officers and staff from Police Scotland.

They were supported in the Emirates Arena at Scotstoun Sports Campus by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

As a result of his massive effort Ross (43) raised £745 for charities close to his heart - the children’s football team Cairneyhill Athletic and Epilepsy Scotland - and beat the prvious record set by 191 people.

The Guinness Book of Records has been asked to verify their achievement.

Proud to have been part of this challenge, Ross explained: “Trying to bust the world record was something I wanted to do anyway. It also seemed a good way to raise sponsorship money for two charities that mean a lot to me.

“I’m involved with a local kids football team Cairneyhill Athletic and I enjoyed doing this sporting activity to help them.

“I also have epilepsy and this way I could fundraise for Epilepsy Scotland and for the services they provide.”

He added: “I want to thank everyone for their generous support. Some doubters thought an old guy like me wouldn’t make it!”

Epilepsy Scotland Public Affairs Office Allana Parker said: “Ross is a wonderful role model because he doesn’t let epilepsy stop him. He raises awareness as well as funds. So we think he’s a world champion for the many things he does for epilepsy.”

Epilepsy Scotland works with people living with epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. The charity campaigns for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma.

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