Where do we start?
Last week, our Managing Director, Alex Paske had the privilege of witnessing Team Whale of a Time Row cross the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge alongside their families.
Not only were they still laughing and joking as they pulled into Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua after 3000 miles in an ocean rowing boat, but they were also able to proudly hold up a certain banner that read; “NEW RACE RECORD” as Lauren Woodwiss (from Worcestershire) and Jemma Rix (from Essex) had crossed the line in 50 days, 5 hours and 53 minutes. This is just over one hour quicker than the previous world record that has stood since 2001.
We have followed Jemma and Lauren’s journey avidly from 12th December and we are incredibly grateful that they chose the Mintridge Foundation alongside FareShare and Cancer Research as their charities. The passion for choosing each of the three charities is evident, one example being that of Jemma’s responsibility to raise awareness of the global issue of food waste by rehydrating ALL of their meals for the crossing. It was great to hear that the Turkey Casserole with bread sauce was well received on Christmas Day!
Over the coming months, we will be sharing so much more about their arduous challenge and the fantastic tales that they have for everyone but for now, it is important to show just how important a positive mindset is in all that we do in life.
We have constantly been asked; “Are they professional athletes?” and the answer is no, they are just the best of friends that met at Reading University Hockey Club in October 2008 and love to challenge themselves. They have pushed themselves both mentally and physically in training and on the challenge itself to ensure that they break the world record. The fact that they travelled the fastest that they had done in the entire race over the final 24 hours to cross that finish line in record time highlights that what the mind can believe, the body can achieve!
All Jemma could ask Alex on her first evening on land was surrounding the charity and the developments that are taking place. This proves the immense passion that they each have for Mintridge when all we wanted to do was ask them about the wildlife that they had seen, their favourite elements of the race and whether their daily “Lady Gaga Power Hour” was a highlight or the balloons that Lauren had decorated the cabin with to celebrate Jemma’s 30th birthday!
If you would like to donate, please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/whaleofatimerow
To learn more about the race, please visit: https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/
To see the coverage from the Telegraph before their departure, you can visit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rowing/0/whale-time-female-pair-hope-break-world-record-3000-mile-atlantic/
More information about Jemma and Lauren’s adventure can be found here: https://www.whaleofatime.co.uk/
We will keep you updated with further developments when Jemma and Lauren return to the UK.