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Gavin
Two men in a boat..
Oxford - Sunday the 22nd of December, 2013
Posted by Gavin Hyatt
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Two Oxfordshire men will be battling high seas in The Great Pacific Race, rowing approximately 2,700 miles from Monterey Bay in California to Honolulu, Hawaii. Alex Flynn and Darren Taylor will be completely unassisted for their time at sea (estimated between 35 and 75 days), taking everything needed with them for the crossing including freeze dried food and drinking water provided by a solar powered desalinator.

The route has never been rowed by a pair before, and this means that a world record will be up for grabs and as the only male pair representing the UK, they will set a British record by completing the challenge.
Alex Flynn and Darren Taylor

Darren Taylor, a fire fighter with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has vast nautical experience having sailed from Australia to the UK when he was just 17 and then running his own yacht holiday business around the Mediterranean. His rowing partner, Alex Flynn was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008, at the age of 36 and since then has been running his own "10 million meter" campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of PD and funds for the Cure Parkinson's Trust. He has organised and completed some great endurance challenges, running from London to Rome in 2012 and then ran, cycled, climbed and rowed 3,256 miles in a Trans American challenge in 2013.

Darren explains; ‘I have a basic level of fitness through my job, but am training hard right now with a personal trainer and a lot of determination! I am not prepared to consider the thought that it would be me that would be holding Alex back due to a lack of fitness, and will be well prepared for this race. We are raising money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust and the Fire Fighters Charity, but more importantly, we intend to use the high level of media interest that will surround the event as a platform from which Alex can promote the benefits of exercise to those who are living with a chronic, degenerative neurological disease.’

For more details about the challenge, you can follow Darren and Alex on Facebook facebook.com/pacificrow2014 or visit the official race website at newoceanwave.com Further details of Alex’s achievements can been seen on his website, alexflynn.co.uk
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