Team ‘Breakthrough Atlantic’ Taken Through Their Paces by Olympic Rower


To ensure amateur rowers Ed and Nick, who aim to raise £250,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, are ready for the 2,600 mile row across the Atlantic, Alex Gregory put them through their paces during a personal training session in Henley  last weekend.


Alex Gregory, from Henley, says: “I’m delighted to be helping Ed and Nick prepare for this massive challenge. Rowing across an ocean is far too far for me and not something anyone takes on lightly. However I’m convinced that the planning and preparation these guys have already undertaken will really pay off. I’m looking forward to following their journey and hearing all their stories when they get back.”


Nick Rees, from Rowledge, Surrey, says: “It’s a massive honour to have Alex on our team, helping with our training and giving us as much advice as he can. It’s not every day you get to row with an Olympic champion and this has really spurred us on for this incredible challenge.”


The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge departs on 2nd December 2013. Motivated by the charitable cause, following Nick’s wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of just 33, Nick and Ed will row unsupported and self-sufficiently from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua. The journey takes on average 50 days to complete and the duo are aiming to raise a huge £250,000 for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.


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