Pair to pedal across ocean
Two adventurers are getting ready to pedal their way across the Atlantic and into the record books.
Justin Coleman, 46, and James Mouland, 29, will be taking on the challenge in a converted rowing boat.
If they succeed in crossing the 3,000 miles between the Canaries and the Caribbean, they will enter the record books as the oldest pair to complete the journey using pedal power.
Justin, who lives near Kirkby Mallory, said: "I can't imagine how it's going to be at all.
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"In 2007, I tried to row across the Atlantic but only got a third of the way because my body just gave up.
"But I'm hoping pedaling will be faster and we'll be able to continue in worse weather.
"I think I'm better built for pedalling than rowing and I've been doing a lot of training, cycling around the countryside near my home."
The pair's 26-foot boat, complete with several spare sets of pedals and a couple of oars, is to be launched towards the end of December.
As well as setting a world record, Justin and James are aiming to raise £50,000 for the Alzheimer's Society through sponsorship.
Justin, a writer, comedy promoter and stand-up comedian, said: "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 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 they are powerless to stop it.
"I can't begin to imagine how terrible that must be."
The pair will set off from Puerto Mogan in the Canaries and aim for Port St Charles, in Barbados.
They are hoping to complete the gruelling journey in 90 days, pedalling for 12 hours each a day.
James, who lives in Brighton, has also tried to cross the ocean by rowing.
Like Justin, his attempt ended prematurely. The boat lost its rudder after 10 days at sea.
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