Leicestershire fundraiser sets challenge to pedal the Atlantic

At the end of December this year, Leicestershire resident, Justin Coleman, will test himself to the limit by pedalling 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean – all in the name of charity.

Justin, along with pedal partner, James Mouland, will be attempting to complete the challenging journey in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, and if successful, will become the oldest pair to pedal the ocean – and only the fourth in total.

Justin, a 46 year old writer and comedian, and James, a 29 year old pensions consultant from Brighton, will attempt to complete the intrepid adventure in a 26 foot long ocean going rowing boat – christened Atlantic Song -, which is currently being converted to pedal power by Rossiter Yachts in Christchurch, Dorset.

James Mouland (left) and Justin Coleman
The pair will set off from Puerto Mogan in the Canaries and pedal 3,000 miles across the ocean blue to reach Port St Charles in Barbados and are hoping to raise £50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society along the way.

Justin who moved to Leicestershire in 2010 and lives in Kirkby Mallory, comments, “People have asked why we are doing this. For me the Atlantic is a huge pull; it’s just the most extraordinary place and the perfect environment to push yourself to your limit.

“Behind this, however, is my strong desire of wanting to raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s Society. I’ve had friends and relatives with dementia and it is the most appalling disease. Bright, articulate people have had their lives destroyed by it. They can see the changes it’s making to their lives and in many cases are powerless to stop it. I can’t begin to imagine how terrible that must be.”

The pair are hoping to complete the gruelling journey in 90 days pedalling across one of the most inhospitable environments on earth for 12 hours each a day.

By setting off in December Justin and James are hoping they’ll be able to reach their target of raising £50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society through donations and sponsorship. A dedicated website has been created with full details of the challenge as well as a donation and sponsorship page.

Please visit: www.atlantiic2012.co.uk if you’d like to show your support.

Image: James Mouland (left) and Justin Coleman