Wow, we did it! The SWEAT team and community came together for a 48 hour non-stop row into the weekend in aid of The November Foundation and in support of our friend Nuts Over The Atlantic who are soon to embark on a three month challenge, rowing across The Atlantic Ocean.
We were blown away by the support shown. We even ended up with a reserve team! Donations are still coming in and can still be made. The whole team is very grateful for all the support shown!
Back in June, we were delighted to welcome Nuts Over The Atlantic to the Fitness Festival. Mark, Steve, Dan and Jon make up the Nuts team and they are busy readying themselves for one of the toughest races on Earth; The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of The Movember Foundation, a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Every member of Team Nuts has been directly or indirectly affected by the causes Movember stands for - testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Not content with taking on this mammoth challenge, the team are aiming to raise £100,000 to support The Movember Foundation.
Our 48 hour row was a small gesture to show support for this incredible challenge.
About the Atlantic Challenge: Crossing the Atlantic is never an easy undertaking, but people have been making the journey for hundreds of years. The very first crossings were made to discover and explore new lands. Today, most crossings are made by huge cargo ships exporting essential commodities across the ocean. But some daring people choose to cross the Atlantic to test the limit of their physical and mental strength; to achieve something unthinkable.
The idea of the Atlantic Challenge race came to Sir Chay Blyth whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with John Ridgeway. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 50 foot waves and near starvation. It’s no surprise then that more people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with the intense heat, salt blisters, sharks and sleep deprivation.