Raising much-needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society...

A TEAM of four are tackling the Jurassic Coast – with a twist.

Instead of walking or running the route, they will be racing an ocean rowing boat 60km in the sea below the cliffs, to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The team, named Atlantic Discovery, are doing the Jurassic Coast Challenge in preparation for what they say will be a “life-changing” event in December.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – which is dubbed the world’s toughest row – sets off from La Gomera in the Canaries in mid-December and finishes in Antigua, in the West Indies.

Ben Ajayi-Obe, Isaac Kenyon, Jack Hopkins and Cameron Parker will race 3,000 miles in a 28ft boat, loaded with almost a tonne of manpower, supplies and equipment for at least a month, and up to 60 days.

They say the extreme journey will be a test of mental and physical endurance, beyond anything they have encountered before.

Ben’s mother Rose, who is the inspiration for the team, was diagnosed with MS while her son was still at school.

“My mum has lived with MS for 18 years,” said Ben. “Every day is a frustrating struggle, yet she overcomes her symptoms with sheer determination and grit.

“She has taught me that one grows as a person by overcoming adversity.

“Atlantic Discovery has chosen to row for Rose (#row4rose), hopefully raising awareness of MS which affects 100,000 people in the UK and 2.5m people worldwide.

“Our total fund-raising target is £60,000 which we hope will make a difference.”

You can sponsor Atlantic Discovery at

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