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Devonian Neil Witt attempts 24-hour rowing world record

PUBLISHED: 16:27 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 15 June 2018

Neil Witt PHOTO: Kilian Hall, THE SMART PHOTOGRAPHER

Neil Witt PHOTO: Kilian Hall, THE SMART PHOTOGRAPHER

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51-year-old Neil Witt will be attempting to break the world record on June 21 in support of Hospiscare and Cancer Research UK

21 years after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in boat number 21 named Hospiscare, Neil is back for another challenge in Whimple.

21 years ago it was taking part in the world’s first ever Ocean Rowing Race and now he is trying to set another world record.

Neil is no stranger to epic challenges but this one is bordering on insanity. Neil is attempting to break the existing world record of 278,229m rowed in 24 hours on a Concept2 rowing machine.

Neil Witt PHOTO: Kilian Hall, THE SMART PHOTOGRAPHERNeil Witt PHOTO: Kilian Hall, THE SMART PHOTOGRAPHER

You may have seen or used these torture devices in a gym for 5 or 10 minutes before moving on. Neil will be sitting on it for 24 hours!

To be able to beat the record he can only allow himself a 3 minute break every hour, the rest of the time he must keep pulling on the handle or he will fall behind the punishing schedule he has set.

Working with Exeter University it has been calculated he will burn a massive 17000 Calories over the 24 hours, taking over 30,000 strokes and no doubt raising a few blisters.

Neil has been training specifically for this for 9 months and is now starting to raise sponsorship money for the chosen charities Hospiscare and Cancer Research UK.

It will be live streamed on the internet but Neil himself says “this won’t be the most exciting broadcast ever!” to access the link visit his sponsor pages to see how he gets on.

Here are his sponsorship pages:

Hospiscare

Cancer Research UK

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