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18th February 2020

Exeter alumnus Richard Harries aims to become the oldest man to row across the Atlantic

Richard Harries practices rowing on the open sea

Richard Harries practices rowing Darien, his boat for the transatlantic mission

Exeter alumnus Richard Harries (1969, Mathematics) has embarked on a mission to become the oldest man to row across the Atlantic. Richard plans to launch in November 2020 from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and is raising money for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

A semi-retired radiologist, Richard is no stranger to adventure. In recent years he has run seven London marathons, completed a Bear Grylls five-day survival course in Scotland, walked unsupported from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, and climbed Kilimanjaro.

Richard’s latest challenge will require him to row over 3000 miles west to Antigua. He is training hard already, and you can follow his preparations and sponsor him via his website,


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