Anna Victorious – the Atlantic Challenge rowing team raising money for cancer charity
Adam Green, 37, from Great Bedwyn and three friends, Ed Smith, Rob Murray and Jack Biss are in training for the challenge of their lives. In December 2021 they plan to row 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. By completing the challenge they hope to raise a minimum of £100,000 for the cancer support charity, Victoria’s Promise.
The team are called Anna Victorious in memory of Ed’s wife Anna, a former Police Officer, who died of cancer in 2018, aged just 38. Anna was mum to Alba, who is now two years old.
Victoria’s Promise provided Anna and her family with invaluable support during her illness.
Adam Green told Marlborough.news, “ It’s something I’d always thought about doing but it always seemed too big a thing to get going. It was Rob who finally persuaded us all to sign up.”
Adam, an engineer, who manages the operation of power stations in the south of England, is the only one of the four team members who has some experience of rowing. He has raced with Reading Rowing Club and two years ago came second in the Devon indoor rowing championship. More recently he has been ranked fifth in the world over the half marathon distance.
The other team members are all keen sportsmen and all four are in training for the challenge. Earlier in the year Ed, who is originally from Devizes, raced in the Montane Spine Challenger raising over £24,000 for Victoria’s Promise.
The GB Rowing Team have offered to help the team prepare for the challenge which will involve the team facing waves measuring up to twenty feet high. Two members of the team will row for two hours at a time followed by two hours rest.
It is calculated that they will have to row 1.5 million strokes as a team, burn 12,000 calories a day and aim to drink ten litres of water a day. As part of the physical and mental challenge they will have to deal with sleep deprivation.
“The physical and mental challenge is monumental but we hope to raise money and awareness of the charity so that more women can get the help and support that they so desperately need following the devastating diagnosis of cancer.”
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