Alone Against the Atlantic(2)Team: Alone Against the Atlantic
- Number: (2)
- Rower: Gareth Morris
- Country: wales
- Boat: TBC
- Charity: RNLI & MIND
- Website: http://Under Construction
TEAM DESCRIPTION:In 2004 (at age 15), I started rowing in a Celtic longboat for the first time. I was instantly hooked. The feeling of the boat bouncing on the sea waves, as you look for the water to use raw power to row and propel the boat forwards, was so satisfying. Since then I’ve wanted to take on bigger and bigger challenges in rowing. Having competed in races all over the coast of Wales, as well as river rowing and a marathon race down the river Thames multiple times, I then competed in the Celtic challenge twice. A roughly 90 mile row non-stop through the night from Ireland to Wales. When I found out about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, I knew immediately it was the next step. Rowing in the race will be the realisation of a lifelong ambition, and a win would make it so much sweeter. Both the RNLI and MIND are important charities to myself. Having rowed and kayaked on the sea for many years, I know the vital service that the RNLI can provide. The all weather lifeboat in New Quay which covers my local area is also under threat of being taken away in 2020. So in addition to raising money for the RNLI and the fantastic work they do, I wish to raise awareness and promote the campaign to save their all weather lifeboat. Without this crucial vessel people who get into difficulty out at sea in Cardigan bay, could face at least an hour and a half wait for the nearest all weather lifeboat to arrive. This could prove far too long in some situations, and could result in a potentially unnecessary loss of life.I have also chosen MIND, the mental health charity as anybody can be struck by bad mental health at any time. If you speak to any of my friends or family I’m sure they will tell you how happy I always appear. However this doesn’t always show the full picture. In 2011 after losing my mother in a road traffic collision, I suffered with my mental health. I managed to hide it from everyone and at the point of launching this campaign most people still will not know. From one event outside of my control, it caused me to lose my girlfriend, my job and was on a path towards taking my life. Luckily I survived, but many people aren’t as lucky. By talking about mental health, we can end a stigma and through talking help to save lives. I feel the time is right now for me to open up about my own mental health, in order to raise awareness and funds for the charity. Rowing an ocean solo can draw many comparisons to how people living with a mental health problem can feel. You feel isolated and alone, as well as drained and struggling to find the strength to carry on.
Blowes Rows(3)Team: Blowes Rows
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Ben Blowes
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Coming Soon
- Website: http://Coming Soon!
As a competitive runner and CrossFit athlete I am always looking for the next challenge. Rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean will be by far the hardest challenge I've undertaken to date. I hope to inspire my own children and others to realise that anything is possible with the right determination, attitude and application
Atlantic Solo 58(4)Team: Atlantic Solo 58
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Martyn Thornton
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Horse Heard
- Website: http://www.atlanticsolo58.co.uk
That’s me a 60 year old Yorkshireman throwing himself into yet another adventure. I did ask my wife Lyn to join me (as she has done on previous ones) but this time the answer was a resounding “you must be kidding – your on your own this time sunshine!” Still I do have her unrelenting support and encouragement (provided she gets the new patio completed before I go)! I’ve been asked loads of times why I’m doing this and to be honest there’s no earth shattering reason or drive to “find myself” – quite simply it just resonates with a fundamental part of my character. I can still remember the thunderbolt like kick in my gut when I first came across the challenge and just knew it’s what I wanted to do. I’ll be 62 when I take on the row and maybe, just maybe I’ll be up for the challenge of a fast row for my age group - one for the baby boomers and hopefully I’ll inspire my generation that its never too late to have a passion. HorseHeardis a charity helping to improve Emotional Health and Well Being with children, young people, service veterans and adults in need, through the powerful connection with horses. They work with groups and families all over the Country, with horses from local riding stables or horse welfare centres with qualified facilitators experienced in this work. They deliver Peer Support programmes which employ a mixture of classroom based work with practical activities, interacting with the horse as a mirror to our behaviour, providing instant feedback and opportunity to change within a supportive environment. Having been associated with Horseheardas both personally and professionally I can wholehearted confirm that their work has been proven to make a substantial difference.