Whimple man makes history by rowing more than 290,000km in 24 hours - all in the name of charity

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 18 July 2018

Making history: Rower Neil Hitt. Photo: Kilian Hall

Making history: Rower Neil Hitt. Photo: Kilian Hall

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A Whimple man has made history after rowing more than 279,000 metres in just 24 hours.

In beating the record, Neil Hitt allowed himself a three minute break every hour.

The rest of the time he had to keep pulling on the handle of a Concept2 rowing machine. Surrounded by friends and family, Neil completed his exhausting challenge after 24 hours - having broken the old British Record of 250,000km with more than two hours to go.

Neil’s challenge has raised vital funds for Hospiscare and Cancer Research UK.

He said: “I would like to thank the team of people that helped me on the day and sponsored me before and after the event.

“It has proved to be very successful for my two charities so far, but after such and epic effort I am hoping for more!”

Neil took on the gruelling rowing challenge 21 years after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in boat number 21 named Hospiscare.

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