Hornchurch personal trainer in need of rowing partner for New York to London row challenge

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 February 2018

Josh Peck preparing to row across the Atlantic from New York to London in July

Josh Peck preparing to row across the Atlantic from New York to London in July


A personal trainer who will be rowing almost 4,000 miles from New York to London is on the look out for someone to help him on the journey.

Josh Peck, 26, from Hornchurch, co-founder of Adventure Athletic, a platform which aims to inspire people by taking on difficult challenges, has set himself the mammoth task of crossing the Atlantic later this year in aid of several charities.

After his rowing partner had to pull out due to personal circumstances, Josh is appealing for someone to take his place.

He said: “At this point, I need someone that is going to commit and someone I’m going to be able to get on board with.

“I’ve got enough time to train the person but after three days of rowing, we’re going to run out of things to talk about, so I need someone that is fine with silence and will just get on with it and feel passionate about doing it for the causes.”

Josh, who works at the David Lloyd gym in Basildon, set himself a “bucket list” of what he wanted to achieve, and after hearing about two people who rowed from New York to Cornwall, he knew he wanted to do something similar.

Josh is aiming to finish the row in around 60 days.

He said: “I want to do this not only to achieve a Guinness World Record and to raise money for the charities, but to inspire people to be ambitious and achieve their own goals.”

In a bid to prepare for the challenge, Josh also took on a 24-hour row-a-thon at the David Lloyd gym last week.

He will be rowing in aid of mental health charity Mind, environmental charities that clean oceans as well as non-profit initiatives to help clean beaches as well as the community.

“The most difficult part of the 24-hour row was when it was 2am, the gym was closed and I was left to just focus on rowing and nothing else.

“I want to prove to myself that I am able to do this and I don’t want to let the charities down.”

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