Commando Joe - Challenging the Extreme...


In June 2006, Commando Joe and fifteen other teams will set out from the North American coastline in a 29ft rowing boat, aiming to cover the 2,800 nautical miles to Falmouth, UK, in as little time as possible. The journey is likely to take about 45-60 days and will require supreme effort from all those involved. It will be the second extreme challenge for the Commando Joe team - in April 2005 they competed in a 320-mile footrace to the North Pole and came an astonishing 2nd place beating all previous records.

The 2006 Ocean Fours Atlantic Rowing Challenge is the first four-man crossing of the Ocean from West to East and follows a more northerly route than previous two-man races. Teams will encounter difficult currents, cold weather, high seas and even icebergs.

As well as the mental and physical challenge of competition, the team is dedicating its involvement to the memory of Gareth Rowlands, Pete's sixteen-year-old son. One day in May 2003, Pete and his wife Helen received a call from Gareth's boarding school, informing them of the devastating news that Gareth had suddenly died from meningitis. Just a couple of hours before he had been playing rugby with the school team, joking with his friends and talking about coming home for the half-term break.

Our original fundraising target was £20,000, which we have now comfortably exceeded. Please help us to reach our revised target of £100,000. With that, you'll be helping the Meningitis Trust to continue its excellent work in increasing awareness of the disease, funding further research and, most importantly, providing the all-important support to those like Pete, whose families' lives have been irrevocably changed because of the disease.

For more information about our team and the challenges we're facing, please visit our website at
Commando-Joe. Here you can also sign up to our e-mail newsletter so you can keep track of our progress.

These guys need our help to raise as much as possible, the team consists of former and serving British Army Commandos from 59 Cdo Sqn RE, the events they are carrying out are challenging to say the least and in true British Forces spirit they are determined to complete all 3 and raise as much as they can for the Meningitis Trust, please show them how generous the Members of RuM RatioN can be, visit their site and follow the links to the Atlantic Row or go straight to their Just Giving donation page.