Welcome to Wrekin Rowers

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

We are undertaking to race 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in the 2021 race.

Fundraising Promise

We are funding the full cost of entering this race ourselves. We promise that any donations we receive will be used entirely to help our two chosen charities

Doing the Extraordinary

We are just 4 normal people with a limited rowing background that want to achieve something different. Fewer people have rowed an ocean than have climbed Mt Everest.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far, and in particular these sponsors:

Northwood

Northwood

Silver Sponsor

Ruskim Seafoods

Ruskim Seafoods

Bronze Sponsor

ABOUT US

We know we are not Olympic Athletes but why should that stop four determined people achieving something spectacular?

Living within a few miles of one another in the beautiful county of Shropshire, we can all see the Wrekin landmark from our homes – this inspired us to call our team Wrekin Rowers.

Whilst three of us already knew each other through attending indoor rowing classes for a number of years, we became a crew of four by being part of the Shropshire Adventure Rowing Club. The club boasts a fantastic set of people, many have completed a variety of challenges, including rowing the Irish sea as part of the bi-annual Celtic Challenge. The abbreviated short name for the club is ‘SARC’, which led us to name our boat “Noah SARC”,  to reflect how much the club means to us all.

We are aiming to raise £100,000

Wrekin Rowers are self funding the challenge and so all the money given by our sponsors and individuals will go towards helping our charities

Progress
36%
Race Starts in
235 days 09 hours 53 minutes 41 seconds

 

Chosen Charities

RNIB

RNIB

We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop. We’re a catalyst for change – inspiring people with sight loss to transform their own personal experience, their community and, ultimately, society as a whole. Our focus is on giving them the help, support and tools they need to realise their aspirations. Everyday 250 people begin to lose their sight. RNIB has a crucial role to play in creating a world where there are no barriers to people with sight loss. We want society, communities and individuals to see differently about sight loss.

Severn Hospice

Severn Hospice

Severn Hospice gives specialist care and support free of charge to families across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales who are living with an incurable illness. We support families through the good days and bad days because we believe that when cure is no longer possible, care is. Since 1989, we have given free care and support to more than 34,000 people and their loved ones during their time of greatest need. We now help more than 2,000 local people every year. Our hospice is part of health services offered to people living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales but we are not part of the NHS. We are a completely independent charity, having to raise around two-thirds of our running costs. All of the care we provide to thousands of people every year is only possible thanks to the generous support we receive from the communities we serve. Our services are funded through a combination of kind donations from local people, fundraising activities, our lottery and retail departments, gifts in people’s wills and grants from the NHS.

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Our Crew

Stuart Shepherd

Stuart Shepherd

Captain

I have been rowing since my early 40's, starting with an ergo and finally sea rowing in a Celtic rowing boat. Married to Julia for the last 30 years and with two grown up daughters (Tori and Amy), family life is extremely important to me and without their full support I would not be putting myself forward for this challenge. Having built a software business over the last 30 years with a lot of great people to help, I decided to sell it in January 2019 to allow me to move onto other things and will take more time in 2021 for this to ensure that I fulfil my part in this tremendous crew. We are all members of Shropshire Adventure Rowing Club (SARC) through which we have taken part in many adventures already with a whole bunch of like minded and some would say crazy people. Tori has to take the credit for coming up with our cheesy boat name 'Noah SARC'

Gary Richards

Gary Richards

Exciting times ahead I am always up for a challenge and to do it with my brother, Martin and Stuart. We shall make an amazing four. The training help and encouragement is going to be a roller coaster. Defeat isn’t in our vocabulary. Glasses up to adventures ahead salty seas and strength in mind and arm.

Stuart Richards

Stuart Richards

After becoming visually impaired in my early 20s my life took a major setback. With a massive help from my family. friends and sport I rebuilt my life. I have completed and attempted many challenges and events since then but I did not think this would be within my capabilities back then. After indoor rowing for many years i’d read about the Atlantic race. It amazed, thrilled and excited me. After joining SARC and rowing in various events with friends with similar ambitions, the Atlantic became closer. Life and friends have come together and it looks like we may have a chance to get to the start (and hopefully the finish!).

Martin Skehan

Martin Skehan

I'm Martin Skehan, Married to Lynne and formerly married to my late wife Becky who passed away in 2010. Lynne too lost her Husband, Mike, in 2010. I Have two children, Joseph (28) and Isobel (26) and two step sons Adam (31) and Matt (29). Lynne and I feel blessed that we have been able to move forward together after our previous long and happy marriages both ended by the untimely and heartfelt loss of our loved ones. For both of us part of our restorative journey together has been exercise and fitness. This has engendered in me a love for having a goal and a challenge. Rowing, initially indoor and more lately outdoor and maritime rowing has been a focus for my exercise and has brought me into a friendship group of like minded individuals who I am proud to join as a team. We are proud to be known as the 'Wrekin Rowers' looking to take on the biggest challenge of our lives. What more of a challenge could you want and particularly in these times, when the opportunity presents, "Grab It!"

"“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.”"

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Some Fun Facts

Miles across the Atlantic
Calories per day needed
Million metres rowed in training
Million Rowing Strokes needed in the race

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24 Hour Training Row

Bala Lake Training Weekend

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