October 1 - Last weekend global aviation specialists, Air Charter Service, entered a team into the Great River Race - a gruelling 21 mile course down the Thames from London's Docklands to Richmond in Surrey.

The event draws in competitors from all over the UK and from around Europe. It has been hotly contested ever since the inaugural race in 1988, and this year more teams entered than ever before. Boats of all shapes and sizes compete in what has been dubbed 'London's River Marathon'.

Teams of all abilities may take part, which may explain ACS's entry! Team Captain, Kirti Odedra, said: "ACS arranges and takes part in fundraising events on a regular basis, but this one is more physically demanding than most! We had a tough training regime and it paid off as none of us really had any kind of rowing experience, and we needed to get used to our twin-hulled bell boat!

The team, dressed as pilots and named 'ACS - No Plane No Gain', completed the course in an impressive 3 hours 20 minutes.

Kirti continued: "At ACS we have our own charity committee which matches the amount that our employees pledge. We reached our target of GBP5,000 (USD 7,917) and will donate the money to our three nominated charities:WaterAid, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Rainbow Trust."