Rowing through time

Facing fossils, dinosaurs and reptiles to raise money for MS


Ah, Ben, Cam, Isaac and Jack always seem to do things a little differently - that's what's so special about my modern-day-adventurer-heroes.  I love this team.  So, why not join in a 100-kilometer run along the coast, erm, with a boat?

On Saturday 21 July 2018, Atlantic Discovery will be taking part in the Jurassic Coast Challenge.  Instead of walking, running or jogging the route like the other 2,000 participants, they will be racing the lovely boat Ellida 60 km in the sea below the stunning 185-million-year-old-cliffs to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis charities.  How cool is that!


Our inspiration #row4rose

I met Ben's mother Rose a few weeks ago - a very special lady who is the inspiration for the team's Atlantic crossing.  She has beautiful greeny-blue Irish eyes, a touching smile, a spirit stronger and more enduring than the ocean currents, and a deep pride and love for her incredible son Ben Ajayi-Obe.  She was diagnosed with MS when her daughter Emma was only 18 months old and it shifted her world.  That was nearly 18 years ago.

Rose after her exercise class at the local community centre.

Rose after her exercise class at the local community centre.

Probably what struck me most at our short meeting was her courage.  She was doing a weekly exercise class, and it clearly took a great deal of guts to move her limbs, even attempt the stretches and exercises.  Some of us would have given up, but she really tried.  Ever so hard.

Ben told me that his mum finds every day a frustrating struggle, but that she fights her symptoms with sheer determination and grit.

He says: "She has taught me that one grows as a person by overcoming adversity." 

What an example Rose is to us all.

So, put the date in your diary and come and cheer on this team of modern-day knights in shining MS t-shirts, astride a white boat, while they fight off dinosaurs and ferocious reptiles.  And, if you can't make the event but want to show them how much their efforts matter, please click here to make a donation.


Meet the Atlantic Discovery team - including the lovely Ellida

The Atlantic Discovery team will be available for visits from their adoring public on Saturday 21 July 2018 from 6am – 10am in the Jurassic Coastal Challenge tented village overlooking Poole, after which they will set off on the row. 

Look out for their gazebo, meet our amazing team, and find out about:

  • safety (try on our life jackets/harnesses)
  • rowing and sleep routine (view our sleeping cabins)
  • training preparation (have a row on our erg - you could win an MS t-shirt)
  • multiple sclerosis (Meet Rose and representatives from The MS Society and the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre)
  • get our app (so you can support us!)

If any press would like interviews or photographs/filming, please contact Isaac Kenyon on the day on 07833 473157. 

MS affects 100,000 people in the UK and 2.5m people worldwide. Our total fundraising target is £60K - we know this will make a difference to this disease.

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Watch this space @virtualstowaway  Penny Bird is a professional photographer and writer documenting Atlantic Discovery's incredible journey.