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Charlie Hayward

Dave Middleton

Joe Mile

Matt Townsend

25, 24, 25 and 24

United Kingdom


We are four friends who met at the University of Birmingham.  We are all passionate sportsmen and have competitiveness running through our veins. We are a novice crew but feel we have a real shot at taking the fours’ title in 2015. The reason why we are doing the race is twofold, firstly because we want to push ourselves to the limit, and come out the other side having achieved something truly epic. Secondly, because we want to raise as much money for the MS Trust as possible.  It is a charity very close to Dave’s heart and the story of his passion is a real driving force behind the whole campaign. We are all training hard, and are really looking forward to getting out on the water as soon as possible!


The charity is the MS Trust: it is a charity that is very close to Dave’s heart. Dave’s Uncle unfortunately died from MS in 2009 and he is a real inspiration behind us competing in the race. He was a man who lived his dream, climbing mountains in the Highlands of Scotland, only to be struck down by Multiple Sclerosis in his prime. The MS Trust provides invaluable help to both the patient and the patient’s family, making their lives as comfortable as possible. We want to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity and we want to inspire people to live their lives like Dave’s Uncle and follow their dreams.

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