Mark Hughes

Height:  6‘ (182cm)

Weight:  13 stone (83kg)

Birthday:  18th June 1981

Occupation: Neurosurgery registrar, currently doing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  

Rowing history: 

  • Learned to row at Latymer Upper School, London
  • Rowed for Edinburgh University Boat Club and Wales <19s

Other information: 

  • Expedition doctor for Charity Challenge to summit Kilimanjaro in 2012
  • Etape Caledonia cycle challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support and organised a 24-hour row in aid of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh

Desert Danube Disks:

  1. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks ['Dirty old river..']
  2. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse (Black Forest to Black Sea…)
  3. The Flood, Take That [check out the video… will our technique be that bad?)
  4. Driftwood, Travis [hopefully not...]
  5. Istanbul (not Constantinople), The Four Lads 1953 (if we play this more than once it might kill Jon… )


Jonathan Cowie

Height: 6′ 0” (182 cm)

Weight:  14 stone (90kgs)

Birthday:  20th April 1982

Occupation:  Chartered Accountant with The Royal Bank of Scotland

Rowing history: 

  • Learned to row at Nithsdale A.R.C.
  • Scotland Team rower 1998 – 2000

Other information: 

  • Completed four marathons raising over £4,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society and SCIAF
  • Trustee, Friends of Navajeevana

Desert Danube Disks:

  1. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Reading (The Dock of the Bay 1965). Probably not the sitting Otis had in mind.
  2. Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welsh (18 Months 2012).  Florence meets Calvin.  Genius.
  3. Black River by Amos Lee (Amos Lee 2005).  I’m a massive Amos Lee fan – a great track for rowing down a river to the Black Sea.
  4. Mississippi by Train (Drops of Jupiter 2001).  It’s not quite the Danube but a smooth song to row to.
  5. Quasimodo by Lifehouse (No Name Face 2001).  I met Mark rowing for Edinburgh University Boat Club and this album got me through a lot of long training sessions that season.  Quasimodo is the song to beat up an ergo with.