Three soldiers and a civilian are training to row the Atlantic, as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The team, known as the ‘Men of Oar’, are looking to row from the Canary Islands to Antigua in 40 days.

Captain Robin Drysdale, who organised the team, says his motivation to take on the challenge came after being diagnosed with cancer

He recruited Army reservists Captain David Wallace and Captain William Theakston, and Sam Bolt-Lawrence, a civilian.

Captain Robin Drysdale said: “When I was diagnosed with bowel cancer two years ago I was introduced to a guy who gave me a lot of confidence.

“He’d been through a similar thing and he told me how his life had carried on as normal after his diagnosis and his treatment.

“I felt that was a really important message for me and I want to give the others the same confidence.

“I feel this challenge is a platform from which I can do that.”

The military members of the crew are drawing on their forces experiences to prepare mentally and physically.

Reservist, Captain William Theakston, said: “We are in a small, confined space here and yes back in Afghanistan we were on top of each other more or less, but that was something you learned very quickly to get on with and I think that’s something we’ve accepted in this situation as well.


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