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Dan and Will win pairs class in the world's toughest rowing race

Dan H
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28 Jan 2014

For the last 54 days, we've been following Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research supporters Dan Howie and Will North as they rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in the world's toughest rowing race, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

On Sunday 26th, Dan and Will reached the finish line in English Harbour, Antigua to cheers and shouts from a crowd of people. They'd won the pairs class, with a finish time of 53 days, 9 hours and 30 minutes.

The challenge consisted of a 24 hour a day rowing schedule, with Dan and Will each completing alternate two-hour shifts until the 3,000 mile course was completed. Alongside the demand of the day-to-day rowing, both team members battled a series of testing circumstances, including 50-foot waves, sharks, excruciating sores, physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation. They were capsized twice along the route. 

Dan said, “We are ecstatic to have won our class in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Nothing could have prepared us for the treacherous conditions at sea and it feels phenomenal to have overcome the challenges and won our class. Thank you to all who have supported us along the way.

Challenge highlights for Will and Dan included dolphin sightings and being flanked by a pod of whales, which helped to boost morale for the pair whilst they battled against high seas, surviving on freeze dried food rations.

Will said, "It's hard to sum up what we have achieved. In one word, we would have to say it has been relentless. We have rowed two hours on, two hours off for 53 days. It's amazing how the human body can adapt and just get on with the task at hand. The rowing however has just been one part of the story. We have spent two and a half years getting to where we are now. You have supported us in your thousands and we can't thank you enough for making this journey so enjoyable. We could not have done it without you all -- it's as simple as that."

Bekah Morris at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research says, "We are extremely proud of Dan and Will, who have spent the last couple of years preparing for this incredible challenge. They were determined to win the pairs class from the outset, and they've applied the same dedication to their fundraising as they have to their training. Congratulations, Team Atlantic Row!

"They chose the word 'relentless' to describe the challenge of the Atlantic Row, and that same word can be applied to Dan and Will. They have been relentless with their fundraising, and for that we are entirely grateful. The money they have raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, as well as Cancer Research UK and St. Anna's, is staggering. Dan and Will are unstoppable."


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