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18 October 2023 - UPDATED 25 January 2024

Astleys customer to take on the Atlantic...

Rod Adlington and his team are planning to row from Lanzarote to Antigua in a bid to raise £250,000 in aid of two charities.
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The Brightsides rowing team comprises a team of three men and one woman, rowing the Atlantic as part of the 'Atlantic Dash' race.

They leave Lanzarote on January 3rd and the finish will be in Antigua, some 3,200 miles and 40 days later.

Their aim is to raise money for Meningitis Now and Get A-Head charities.

Take a look at their site - Click Here

Rod Adlington is the managing director of Adlington Ltd, a long-established turkey farm and supplier nationally to supermarkets, butchers and food websites. We are delighted that Adlington Ltd have been customers of Astleys for many years.
Tragically, Rod & his wife Anna lost their fourth child, Barney, to Meningitis at the age of 3 and a half. One of Rod's aims for this epic challenge is to raise as much money as possible for the charities Meningitis Now and Get A-Head (a Warwick-based neck charity).
With three crew-mates, Anna Williams, Guy Minshull and Alex Perry, Rod will be skippering the crew in their epic row across 3,200 miles of the Atlantic. With a range of skills and experience the crew will face not only the back-breaking grind of the trip itself, but 40˚c heat, seasickness, monotony, potential unwanted shark and marlin interest and a bucket loo!
Everyone at Astleys wish the Brightsides Team the very best of luck in their tremendous endeavour. We have been privileged to have helped with some of the team's clothing requirements as well as a donation from our charity pool.
Please take a look at the Brightsides website, raise awareness and support them if you are able to help.
The Brightsides website:
Givewheel fundraising site: The Brightsides - GiveWheel
UPDATE 25 January 2024
So far the crew have covered over 1,100 miles on their treck across the Atlantic. They're still rowing hard through challenging conditions, battling a storm for the last four to five days. Apparently, everything is looking a bit 'samey', with the same view for miles around.
Wishing the team continued luck and if you want to follow their progress head over to the Brightsides Instagram.
So far they have raised an amazing £117,384 towards their charity goal, please help them if you are able to donate.
Or give some cash by text;
Text ROW1 to 70191 to donate £10
Text ROW3 to 70191 to donate £30
Some of the challenges
  • Rowing over 3,200 miles
  • About 6 weeks at sea
  • 2 hours on 2 hours off shift pattern 24 hours a day
  • Sleeping for only 90 minutes at a time
  • 40 foot high waves
  • Greater than 40˚c heat
  • Drinking purified seawater
  • Using 8,000 calories a day they expect to lose 20% body weight