Four university friends rowed more than 3,000 miles across the world’s second largest ocean to support a cystic fibrosis charity.

James Timbs-Harrison, 33, a rower from Crouch End, completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge with his team “All Beans No Monkeys” on February 3, when they reached the shores of Antigua after rowing for 44 days.

The team, which was made up of Mr Timbs-Harrison and his friends, Stuart Markland, 32, Liam Browning, 31, and James Kendall, 30, came in 6th place after rowing from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Mr Timbs-Harrison said: “Rowing the Atlantic was an amazing experience that we will remember for a very long time.

“A huge amount of preparation went into the challenge and being out there with limited interaction with others was extremely tough, but we are overwhelmed by the amount of support that we received.

“Thanks so much to everyone who has been following us and sending messages of support, it has made the tough times at sea more bearable.”

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that shortens lives, as only half of people live to celebrate their 40th birthday. due to infections and inflammation of the lungs.

Claire Phillips, Cystic Fibrosis Trust Community Development and Fundraising Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to them for the effort that they put in leading up to this challenge, with their tough training regime and fantastic fundraising and not least what they have endured throughout their time at sea.

“Money raised by the team will enable the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to invest in cutting-edge research to develop treatments and life changing therapies.

“It will help shape a new future where everyone born with cystic fibrosis can look forward to a life unlimited by their condition.”

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