Devon park teams with rowers facing epic test

Adventure ahead: Beverley's Nicola Furneaux with Mike and Craig as their endurance training gets underway
Adventure ahead: Beverley’s Nicola Furneaux with Mike and Craig as their endurance training gets underway

Two brave souls preparing toughest row” have won the backing of a Devon holiday park for their gruelling bid.

Beverley Holidays in Paignto become the official accommodation provider for the intrepid duo as they prepare for the 2018 Talisker Whisky Challenge.

Taking place later next year, it will see the pair rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s largest ocean from the Canary Islands to the West Indies.

Brixham-based Mike Gibbons and his rowing companion Craig Hunter will join 30 other teams in the challenge during which they will face some of the planet’s most extreme weather conditions.

They have 16 months to help.

The multi-award winning park will be providing accommodation to Mike and Craig during their monthly sessions of endurance training in the coastal waters of Torbay.

Beverley Holidays says it has put aside one of its most comfortable holiday homes to properly relax after their demanding days.

Now the pair have signalled their gratitude to the park by naming the sleeping compartment of their rowing boat Patience “The Beverley Log Cabin”.

Mike said that the support provided by the park has been invaluable, and that Beverley’s entertainments team has already helped them raise almost £600 for the charities being supported.

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“By any measure, it’s a momento the limit,” she said.

“We’re delighted to help them raise charity funds.

“It’s going to play a part in their arduous training regime,” added Nicola.

Family-run Beverley Holidays comprises three parks offering boutique holiday caravans, luxury lodges, camping and touring, coupled with a wealth of leisure and entertainment facilities.

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