Army trainers prepare for 3,000-mile row across Atlantic

The foursome are all members of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.

Army trainers prepare for 3,000-mile row across Atlantic

Four Army physical training instructors are to take on the “world’s toughest row” over 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

The foursome will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour on Antigua in the Caribbean, starting in December.

The mixed team from the Royal Army Physical Training Corps are Captain Scott Pollock, Warrant Officer Class 1 Victoria Blackburn, Staff Sergeant Phillip Welch and Sergeant Laura Barrigan.

The group are likely to face 20ft waves during the challenge (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The challenge will involve more than 1.5 million oar strokes in the 8.5m boat while tackling waves up to 20ft high.

An Army spokesman said: “The challenge is a staggering feat of endurance that will examine the four rowers’ physical capability and test their mental resilience in the extreme.

“The isolation, salt sores, blisters, sleep deprivation and the sheer physical demands placed on their bodies will ask questions of them they will never have encountered, and probably never will again.”

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