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Wez Weston
Solo Atlantic Row 2017

TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2017

The World's Toughest Row

With his passion for the outdoors and a lust for adventure, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the perfect fit for Wez. 

Not one to stand still, Wez’s recreational challenges and interests to date include 23 marathons, countless half-marathons, several endurance races, cycling, skydiving, skiing, sailing, mixed martial arts…and more recently rowing! As an Officer in the British Army with over 20 years’ service under his belt, Wez’s professional life is also far from sedate. 

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge promises to be truly gruelling, both physically and psychologically and it is of little surprise that more people have been into space than have rowed across the Atlantic. Wez hopes that the magnitude of this event will raise significant funds for two very worthwhile charities close to his heart. Further, if his row inspires even just one person to be more active and adventurous, he will be delighted. 

Wez is already very grateful for the support of his colleagues, family and friends and hopes many more will join him in what promises to be quite an adventure!

The Charities

In August 2015, following a diagnosis of heart failure in 2010, Wez’s 32 year old brother-in-law underwent a life-saving heart transplant. The transplant was a success and the journey back to full health continues. Along with the superb medical teams at Wythenshawe Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital and Countess of Chester Hospital, British Heart Foundation has been, and continues to be, an invaluable source of information, comfort and hope. ​

Heart conditions are the UK’s single biggest killer. British Heart Foundation’s work is crucial. The donation dependent charity funds around £100 million of life-saving heart research every year and is the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Please join Wez in supporting British Heart Foundation’s fight for every heartbeat.
 
The Intelligence Corps Association (ICA), a military charity founded in 1941,  plays an important role in promoting 'Esprit De Corps' throughout the Intelligence Corps, providing welfare support to both past and present members of the Corps and their families.  Further, ICA  enables serving and retired members to stay in touch with each other, fostering new contacts and maintaining old ones with the annual Journal. 
 

The Boat

Ravi is seven metres long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. There is a constant battle of sleep deprivation, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict. Once the safe haven and party atmosphere of port is left behind – Wez will be left with his own thoughts, an expanse of ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.  A basic isolated existence; leaving behind loved ones, land and creature comforts.

Text wezw99 £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate to the BHF