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Posted Friday, February 9th 2018

Nuts Over The Atlantic reflect on 'breathtaking' experience

Nuts Over The Atlantic’s Mark Gibson has described the team’s arrival in Antigua as ‘breathtaking’, after the quartet completed the 3,000-mile Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge on Tuesday morning.

Mark Gibson, Daniel Baker, Steve Baker and Jon Lakin completed the challenge in fewer than 51 days, overcoming obstacles at almost every stage of their gruelling journey, including starting three days later than the rest of the pack due to a hole in their boat, and mechanical issues midway through the challenge.

Mark says the team has been ‘humbled’ by the support they have received throughout their experience, and paid tribute to Bristol City, Bristol Rugby and the clubs’ associated charities.

“The arrival in Antigua was breathtaking,” he said. “After 50 days at sea, 48 days without seeing land, rowing into English Harbour and seeing so much support for us is something I’ll never forget.

“This whole experience has taught me so much about myself and I feel so humbled by all of the messages we have received saying that we are inspiring others to try something new this year.

“A huge thank you to our sponsors and in particular, the Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City and Bristol Rugby - the players, management, coaching and backroom staff are incredible and have helped us a phenomenal amount over the past 12 months.

“This campaign has made me realise just how much work they do with the Bristol community and without their support, we wouldn’t be sat in Antigua right now.

“I’m incredibly proud to call Bristol my Home and am already thinking about the next challenge I can do to try and help repay the city.”

The Nuts have been raising money for the Movember Foundation, targeting a final total of £100,000. Bristol Sport Foundation has already donated £5,000 to their cause, while players from Bristol City and Bristol Rugby showed their support by growing traditional Movember moustaches.