A SOUTH Tyneside police officer is on a record breaking mission as he gears up to cross the Atlantic for charity.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Sean McGuigan and friend Ian Spedding are preparing to take part in a mammoth 30-hour tandem row, this week.
The challenging feat is part of Sgt McGuigan’s campaign to raise the profile of his forthcoming charity mission.
The 44-year-old, along with fellow police officer Pc Paul Snowdon, is planning to row 3,000 nautical miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation later this year.
The duo, who are both based at South Tyneside Area Command, will have 90 days to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge but are aiming to do it in 40. The current record is 42 days.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will start on December 15 and will see competitors row from La Gomera harbour in the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua.
The pair aim to row for 24-hours a day in two hour slots.
Sgt McGuigan and Mr Spedding, 40, from Hebburn, will start their endurance feat at 10am on Friday at Anytime Fitness in Gateshead. The pair hope to smash the world record on a Concept2 rowing machine in the Tandem category by 4pm the following day.
Sgt McGuigan, a former Royal Marine, said: “Last month I secured the British best time for a marathon on a rowing machine for 2014, so this is the next step to go for a world record.
“We will both be rowing in tandem and we have to ensure the flyway is moving for the whole 30 hours.
“I met Ian during last year’s Iron Man contest and he has also completed a lot of endurance challenges, so I know he is more than capable of completing the challenge.”
“The event is not so much about the training but about raising the profile of the Talisker Whisky challenge as we are still looking for people to sponsor us in exchange of their logo being put on our boat.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is a charity founded by the former England and Newcastle football manager to fund projects at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which will benefit cancer patients from across North East England and Cumbria.
For more information and to help sponsor the two police officers’ Atlantic mission visit www.northeastatlanticchallenge.co.uk