Dentists complete Atlantic challenge amid flares and cheers

By Kate Cotton in Local People

BRAVE dentists Azud and Justin completed their Atlantic challenge after 51 days at sea – to a fanfare of flares, music and huge cheers.

Azud Irshad, from Newton Abbot, and Justin Marney, from Torbay, finished the 3,000 mile Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge late last Friday night, February 3, six days earlier than originally planned.

They were the first pair of rowers to arrive, making them the winners of the pair class in the world’s toughest row.

They set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 14. The finish line was Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua in the West Indies.

A spokesman for the pair said: ‘We’re all immensely proud of their achievement. After an incredible 51 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes, Justin and Azud rowed in to English Harbour with flares, music and huge cheers on Friday night.

‘They’ve also managed to raise £11260 so far for Rowcroft Hospice and money is still coming in.’

To donate see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/FreshAtlantic