Date: Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 10:58am
Team Row4Victory are four fearless friends from Yorkshire who will be putting their physical and mental strength to the test when they row 3,000 nautical miles across the ocean in aid of the Royal British Legion and in commemoration of the 100 years since the end of the Great War, in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018.
The team unites Royal Engineer (Sapper Duncan Roy), former Royal Marine (Lance Corporal Glyn Sadler), their civilian Skipper (Will Quarmby) and a serving Airman in the Royal Air Force (Chief Technician Fraser Mowlem). They will attempt to cross the unrelenting seas to win the 4 man category of the race, smashing the current race record. The lads have been training hard in the gym for a year already and are busy gaining as much functional mass as possible given the 30-35% loss in body weight they can expect to suffer on the crossing.
Glyn Sadler explains his inspiration to get involved, "Having lost comrades in battle and seen the effects of war on mental and physical health, I draw inspiration from efforts made by others to help and support our military personnel. The Royal British Legion provide this support in spades. 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War and whilst talking to family members I discovered a tie to the Somme battlefield and death of my Grandmothers Uncle Richard McArtie. He was killed by a German Artillery shell whilst advancing across no mans land. His name lies forever in memorial on the Ypres monument in France. I will be dedicating my efforts to him and fellow commandos lost in combat in Afghanistan L/ Cpl Matthew Ford, Cpl Danny Winters and Sgt 'Darbs' Derbyshire."
The race will take between 34 and 60 days with the team rowing 2 hour shifts in pairs around the clock. Described as the 'world's toughest endurance race', the team will start the challenge in December 2018 in La Gomera, Canary Islands, and finish in English Harbour, Antigua. Currently fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have travelled into space or climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. With storms, adverse weather conditions, hunger and sleep deprivation, the team will face the challenge of their lives.
Fraser Mowlem from the team commented, "When I was initially asked if I would row the Atlantic as part of a team, I was truly humbled, scared and also really rather excited! I couldn't get the idea out of my head, so quickly agreed to join the team. I have always admired the work of the Royal British Legion and the support they give to armed forces personnel past & present."
The team need help to get them to start line and across the Atlantic and are looking for sponsorship to help raise the £100k that a successful campaign costs. Already raising over £35,000 through fundraising events at the Great Yorkshire Show and in York City Centre and through the corporate Sponsorship of ResQ in Hull, Barkers of Northallerton, Greenshields JCB and Hesco they still have a long way to go and need your help. You can find out about the sponsoring packages on offer at www.row4victory.com/sponsors or contribute to the campaign on the donate button. Alternatively you can join the Row4Victory 250 club, for just £250 you will have;
- Your name/company/school/team/regiment/squadron written on the boat herself
- Listing with your photo or logo and your words of wisdom/advice/support ont he Row4Victory 'Roll of Honour' on the website
On joining the 250 club Hesco said, "We are proud to have supported our Armed Forces throughout many overseas operations and as these four, fearlessly, take on another new challenge we are proud to support our servicemen."
The whole team are proud to have the British Forces Resettlement Service on board as Media Partners, another fantastic organisation doing brilliant work to help our servicemen and women with the, often difficult, transition back into civilian life. The perfect fit with the profiles of both, the team and the cause it was a really easy decision to make to have them on the team! You'll be able to catch up the guys and their boat at some of the regional careers fairs that BFRS are hosting all over the country in 2018.
Keep an eye on the website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (Search Row4Victory) for news about what the boys are up to with their gruelling training schedules and where they will be appearing throughout the year.
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