Crossing The Atlantic against all the odds!

The Fitness Festival exists to celebrate and inspire active and healthy lifestyles. We are proud that our free event is accessible to everyone and we create a platform that enables us to introduce people to new activities, new sports and inspirational guests. They don't come much more inspirational than Mark Gibson, Jon Lakin, Steve and Dan Baker, the four friends from Bristol who make up the Nuts Over The Atlantic team.

For the past two years, the team have been planning and training in preparation for their immense challenge - rowing The Atlantic Ocean in aid of The Movember Foundation. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the premier event in ocean rowing. What's particularly remarkable is that none of the team had ever rowed in the open ocean prior to the challenge. The challenge sees teams from around the world rowing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean; glorious locations separated by more than 3,000 miles of unforgiving ocean.

Mark, Jon, Steve and Dan rowed for 50 days in their boat that measured just seven by two metres with just a small cabin providing any shelter from the storms. Unfortunately, the team's start was delayed after damage to the boat and that was just the start. Constant repairs must have tested their mental strength to the extreme whilst the physical demands of rowing coupled with sleep deprivation and salt sores are unimaginable.

We can't wait to see the team on Saturday 2nd June when they're be special guests at the Festival with a Talk and Q&A about their remarkable and surely life-changing achievement.

 Image courtesy of Ben Duffy and The Atlantic Campaigns

Image courtesy of Ben Duffy and The Atlantic Campaigns

LUKE NEWTONFitness Festival