What a fantastic achievement!
It’s almost impossible to comprehend the trials and tribulations Kelda Wood must have gone through in completing her demanding Row to Raise challenge.
But complete it she did and in incredible fashion, which saw her become the first solo adaptive rower to cross the vast Atlantic in a 3,000-mile challenge. Well done, Kelda! An amazing achievement and one we at Chrisbeon are proud to have been part of as one of Kelda’s sponsors.
One can only imagine what it must be like to tackle this monumental challenge alone . . . and in a rowing boat! Battling the elements knowing you are on your own if anything goes wrong and there’s only you to put things right.
There have been some nail-biting moments along the way and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when we heard Kelda and her boat, Storm Petrel, had made landfall safe and sound.
£30,000 raised for charity
Just for the record, Kelda completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 76 days, 15 hours and 37 minutes – raising more than £30,000 for charity along the way.
She said the worst thing she had to negotiate on the trip was going through a thunder and lightning storm about 1,000 miles from the finish. What a frightening thing that must have been.
Kelda received a tremendous welcome on finishing her epic journey and was heading back to the UK today (FRI), hopefully in a little more comfort and somewhat quicker than her outward journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
Worlds toughest row
The challenge is regarded as the World’s toughest row and Kelda took it on to raise awareness and funds for her Climbing Out charity, something which is inspiring young adults facing mental and physical trauma.
It’s a cause Kelda will continue to champion and one that deserves the support of as many people as possible.
We are all immensely proud of Kelda and look forward to catching up with her on her return to Shropshire . . .wonder what will she come up with next?
You can find out more about Kelda’s Climbing Out charity here.