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Midlands farmers make last preparations for trans-Atlantic row

Midlands farmers Rod Adlington and Man Minshull have had their final “on the water” coaching session forward of their charity row throughout the Atlantic.

The pair joined rowing companions Ryan Davin and Alex Perry at Draycote Water in Warwickshire to place their vessel Mrs Nelson via her paces one last time, earlier than the boat is shipped to Lanzarote off the coast of West Africa.

Calling themselves The Brightsides, turkey farmer Rod and arable farmer Man will embark on the three,000 mile row to Antigua in early January, to increase cash for 2 charities – Meningitis Now and most cancers charity Get A-Head.

The problem is being undertaken in reminiscence of Rod’s son Barney, who died from meningitis in 2005, aged three, since when Rod has been a devoted fundraiser for Meningitis Now.

See additionally: Learn the total Brightsides’ story right here

When the group make their crossing, they’ll row in two-hour shifts, 24-hours a day, taking greater than 1.5 million oar strokes to succeed in the opposite facet.

Risks vary from doable Orca assaults to 60ft excessive rogue waves, which may pitch a ship over finish to finish.

The crossing time must be about 50 days and their goal is to lift £250,000 for the 2 charities – plus a donation to the Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment.

“This can be a once-in-a-lifetime problem for me and the remainder of the group and we’re all very excited, if not a little bit nervous, about what lies forward for us,” mentioned Rod, whose Adlington turkey enterprise rears about 10,000 white and bronze birds every season.

Farmers Weekly is a media accomplice for the expedition, and we’re proud to have our emblem on the facet of the boat.

boat with FW logo on the side

© Rod Adlington

Different sponsors, who braved Draycote Water final weekend, embody legislation agency Lodders, whose managing accomplice Paul Mourton can also be trustee of Get A-Head.

“We’re in awe of the group’s dedication and drive in taking up this bodily and psychological problem, and shall be supporting them each step of the way in which,” he mentioned.

The corporate, which has robust agricultural and rural connections, is placing £20,000 into the enterprise.

Additional donations are being sought – nonetheless giant or small – with all proceeds going to the charities.

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