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Childhood friends Oli and George become youngest pair to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic and raise more than £50,000 for charity

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Published on Tuesday, 6th February 2018

Childhood friends Oli and George become youngest pair to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic and raise more than £50,000 for charity

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Oli Glanville and George Randell became the youngest pair ever to cross the Atlantic

Oli Glanville and George Randell took part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and completed the mammoth, 3,000 mile challenge in under 38 days, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Against Malaria Foundation in the process.

The pair, friends since childhood, set off from La Gomera in the Canary Island and made it across the Atlantic to Antigue in 37 days, 9 hours and 46 minutes. Oli and George – or the Oardinary Boys, as they like to be known – were the 10th crew to finish the race.

The duo spent over five weeks in a 24-foot boat with nobody but each other for company, eating freeze-dried food and spending a lot of time alone with their thoughts.

‘It was really tough,’ admitted Oli, 22. ‘We faced huge storms, hallucinations, a capsize and the frankly devastating loss of all our cutlery.

‘But we also saw whales, dolphins, flying fish and lots of amazing birds – and, bizarrely, a squid flew into George’s face; weird things happen at sea!’ 

George, the older of the pair, celebrated his 23rd birthday at sea. ‘The one thing pushing us on each stroke of the way was the growing charity total,’ he said. ‘It gave meaning to our madness and the motivation to keep going even when we felt like our bodies were giving up.’ 

Oli’s grandfather, John Glanville, had been an accomplished sailor before both he and his wife had deteriorated and passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease.

‘We are in awe of Oli and George for completing this amazing challenge,’ said Tim Parry, Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the charity for which Oli was fundraising. ‘We were avidly following their progress throughout and are delighted they finished the race in such a remarkably quick time.

‘There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and Oli’s story shows the devastating effect dementia can have on a family,’ he continued. ‘The vital funds will power world-class research projects and help bring an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.’