Rowing the Atlantic – Lockdown Edition


Amid the Covid-19 outbreak there have been many people taking up challenges to support charity and test their physical/mental strength…or perhaps just to pass some time in these long days of lockdown!

Ross joined many rowers, runners and cyclists in the ‘World in a Day’ challenge on 30th April to help support NHS charities. Organised by Mark Beaumont, who holds the world record for cycling around the world in 78 days, the event saw hundreds of competitors join in to cover thousands of miles on their home training equipment. This is something that is happening every Thursday at the moment – see for details.

As a keen rower, Ross was on his ergo at home bashing out the miles. There was a special twist to the challenge this week as John Davidson (@madgiraffe) organised the ‘At Home Atlantic Change,’ which saw a team of 150 rowers each complete 20miles. This is the equivalent distance of rowing the Atlantic Ocean, which madgiraffe completed earlier this year. Ross completed his miles in three sessions throughout the day on the rowing machine – interspersed with the working day at Caley Water and home-schooling!

Mark and some of the hard core cyclists set out at 4am to cover 240miles on their bikes over the day. There was a Zoom call set up with the chance to see and hear from all the other participants from all over the country and further afield. There were also some inspirational interviews with top endurance athletes throughout the day to keep motivation going; such as from Laura Penhaul who was part of Coxless Crew rowing the Pacific Ocean; Rob Pope who re-created the “Forrest Gump” run; and from Jamie MacLean (Broar Atlantic) who completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in January 2020.

This was a great challenge for a very worthy cause, which really captured the spirit of a team sporting event during these peculair times. It has also set the wheels (well maybe oars) in motions for another challenge!


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