Army Veteran takes on 3500 mile rowing challenge

Army Veteran takes on 3500 mile rowing challenge

A former Army Captain is replicating on one of the toughest rowing challenges to raise money for a local military charity.

Mike Lee, of Warminster is currently rowing 3500 miles – the distance rowed in the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and fits it in around helping the WIS on a daily basis.

Mike served in the military for 30 years, and his career took him all over the world to places such as Northern Ireland, Denmark, Korea, Canada, Bosnia and Kosovo and has worked at Tedworth House for the last year, making this challenge even more rewarding for him.

“It definitely makes the challenge more fulfilling to me because I am seeing the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans that I am raising money for every day.” 

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic route starts on the West Coast of Africa and the team’s row 3500 miles until they reach the East Coast of South America – taking the oars solidly for approximately for three months. Mike gets to defeat this beast of a challenge from the comfort of his own home – not always comfortably. 

He rows two times a day, six days a week, rows 24km every day and has set himself the challenge of raising £10,000. “I started the challenge in October 2016 and will complete it this summer. It can be hard work but nothing compared to what the wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans go through on a daily basis.”

“They can never give up and need support along the way – If I can help our heroes by experiencing a fraction of the discomfort they do and apply myself to a daily grind in order to raise some money to help them meet their goals then the effort will have been hugely worthwhile. “

Mike is nearly half way through his journey – to follow his progress visit


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