Carl Booth, 58-year-old, has taken on the incredible challenge of rowing one million metres on a Concept2 rowing machine, to raise money for two charities, Prostate Cymru and Wooden Spoon, in memory of his late father, David Booth, who died on 18th December 2022. 

Having started in January, Carl is rowing a total of 621 miles, the distance from The Principality Stadium to Murrayfield Stadium and back in nine months. Averaging around 4000 metres per day, Booth aims to cross the finish line on 30
th October 2023.  

Carl has chosen to donate to Wooden Spoon, a charity that embodies both his father’s love for his grandchildren and his adoration for rugby as a sport. As a fitting rugby tribute to his father, Carl will be finishing the final 2000 metres at Dragons RFC, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Newport RFC’s win against The All Blacks – a final homage to his father and a public space to engage the public and drive donations. 

Aiming to raise a total of £1,963 to reflect the year that Newport RFC secured their place in rugby history, Carl Booth, said: “Being a part of the rugby family means a huge amount, it has given me friends for life and taught me that hard work, determination, and perseverance always pay off.  

“Dad’s love for rugby has definitely rubbed off on me – I have played over 1,000 senior 1st team games including a couple of years at Sale RFC in the English Premiership. I’ve always admired the work that Wooden Spoon does, so they were on the top of the list in terms of a sports charity. Dad loved his grandkids and rugby and I just feel Wooden Spoon embodies both.” 

CEO of Wooden Spoon, Sarah Webb, said: “We’re delighted to have the fundraising support from Carl in his impressive one million metre row. For us, rugby provides us with the opportunity to make a positive change and work together to change children’s lives. For Carl’s dad, it was an adoration for the sport and demonstrates how far the rugby family extends.” 

To donate to Carl Booth’s Just Giving Page, please follow the link below: