Viv Barclay will, next year, at the age of 59, attempt to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. If she succeeds, she will become the oldest woman ever to make the journey, which is often referred to as the World’s Toughest Row.
Julian met Viv last week to find out more about her world record attempt. She is raising money for The Menopause Charity, who help support the roughly 15.5 million women who are going through menopause at any one time.
While the 3,000-mile row from the Canary Islands to Antigua could be considered challenging enough, just getting to the start line can be the hardest part given the costs involved.
Viv therefore took the opportunity to update Julian on her efforts to seek sponsorship and raise the roughly £100,000 needed to take part. While she has already managed to raise about 10 per cent of this figure, Viv needs to raise a total of £25-30,000 by the end of this year to be able to continue her preparations. She is actively seeking the support of businesses locally, across Yorkshire, and further afield.
Further information can be found on Viv’s website at: https://www.mumentous.com/
Julian Smith said, “Meeting Viv last week was nothing short of inspirational. This is not a feat that I would ever try but her personal drive and fearlessness is testament to her determination.
“Do have a look at what’s she trying to achieve and what is motivating her to raise awareness of this fantastic cause.”
Viv Barclay said, “I want to use this row to inspire and encourage women to step into the light of achievement and actively demonstrate our relevance regardless of age and whatever we have to endure as a consequence of the will of Mother Nature.”