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

Making history: Rower Neil Hitt. Photo: Kilian Hall

Making history: Rower Neil Hitt. Photo: Kilian Hall - Credit: Archant

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.

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“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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