GB Row 2013

John Higson


I began my studies at Edinburgh University in 2002 and graduated in 2009 before enrolling in my current PhD with St Andrews University.  Taking up rowing upon arrival at university I was quickly scouted from the novice squad to the senior men’s first VIII within my fist term at university.  Having competed within the universities first VIII since then and first IV since 2003 I was selected for the universities sports bursary scheme in 2003/04 season and have over the years devoted my time and life to the sport, appointed captain of the squad in 2005/06 and vice-president of the club in the following season.  I was awarded the clubs oarsman of the year in 2005, 2007 and a ‘lifetime’ achievement award in 2009, I have picked up wins at the Scottish Universities Regatta and Scottish Championships, finaled at the British Universities Regatta and competed in the Head of the Charles, Boston (USA) and Henley Royal Regatta.

In January 2011, I undertook – as training for the Atlantic with Ant – an erg (rowing machine) rowing 2 hours on/off 24 hours a day to cover the distance half way into the Atlantic.  The row lasted 225 hours and certainly opened both of our eyes as to how we react when seriously sleep deprived.  You can read more about this in the 'Atlantic Race 2011' > 'Fundraising & Charities' tab

In December 2011 I was part of Team H2rOw, a 2 man attempt on an Atlantic crossing that was subject to a series of unfortunate incidents that ultimately meant the challenge ended 12 days into the race.  The experience gained from not only this time at sea, but in all the preparation and planning that went into getting to the start line will be invaluable in in future adventures.