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Dec. 21, 2017

Staffordshire University sponsors graduate to row the distance

Staffordshire UniversityA masters graduate from Stafford University has set sail in a solo attempt to complete the World’s Toughest Row – a 300-mile row across the Atlantic.

David Weston who studied an MA in Intelligence and International Relations via distance learning at Staffordshire University, and is also a British Army Officer, is attempting the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge. It’s a 60-90 day journey from La Gomera to Antigua and he taking part in aid of The British Heart Foundation and The Intelligence Corps Association. He is the only British solo competitor. 

Before setting off David said: “I’m going to row two hours on, two hours off, seven days a week until the thing is done. So I think when I get into week two, three, four, five and six and onwards, my body is going to hate me. A successful crossing for me would be a safe one. However it is a race, so if I’m in a position where I can compete then I’m definitely going to go for it.”

Staffordshire University is supporting David by contributing towards the cost of specialist rowing equipment. Associate Professor in Modern History, Dr Tony Craig, said: “This adventure will be a great advert for our distance learning programs, potentially for years to come. Now all Dave has to do is row the Atlantic. Fingers crossed for him.”

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Content added on 21st December 2017. 

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