ANNOUNCEMENT – Postponed Until 2015

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Team Pacific Row 2014′s world record attempt, taking part in the Great Pacific Race, has been postponed. The pair – Darren Taylor and Alex Flynn – now plan to row the route (unsupported) in June 2015 instead. A slight shortfall in raising the last finances prompted this decision – which has disappointed them both. 

Darren has been offered a last-minute place on a four-man crew in this year’s race, organised by New Ocean Wave. He will be rowing as part of Team Battleborn, in what he sees as partly a research trip. Not only will he gain experience of the route but he will have the opportunity to test the monitoring equipment.

One of the objectives of the row for Darren and Alex (who has Young Onset Parkinson’s) was to gather research into whether prolonged exercise can ameliorate the symptoms of a chronic neurologically degenerative disease. The equipment will need to stand up to the rigours of the ocean and record vital information to be passed onto Oxford Brookes University.

Having completed his 10 Million Metres challenge earlier this year, Alex has several new projects in the pipeline. He will be running two gruelling OMM mountain marathons, and a 250 km traverse of the Namib desert in Africa. He is also organising a 3000 km cycle traverse of Asia for January 2015 and – of course – together with Darren, intends to set a new world record in crossing the Pacific next year.

“It’s tough to come so close,” says Alex, “but it will give us more time to prepare for the 2015 record attempt. I’ll be keeping close watch on Darren’s progress with Team Battleborn and wish them the very best. I think it’s going to be a tough race.

“In the meantime, I’m busy with a book, a film, my challenges for this coming year and setting up a charity with global reach,” he continues. “So I think I’ve got enough on my plate.”

In addition to these commitments Darren and Alex, along with a number of fantastically dedicated individuals, are launching a new charity. Spotlight YOPD aims to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease – while encouraging those diagnosed under 50 to be positive and proactive. 

Spotlight YOPD will work closely with the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, the charity that Alex has relentlessly raised funds for and awareness of since his diagnosis in 2008.

“By taking part in this year’s Great Pacific Race with Team Battleborn, I will gain invaluable experience in advance of next year’s challenge with Alex,” says Darren. “It will also give us the opportunity to raise the profile of the new charity.

“In the run up to next year’s Pacific row I intend to take part in other, slightly less challenging events,” he continues. “Working closely with one of our sponsors, the Athlete Centre, I hope to ensure that I am at my peak physical fitness; able, with Alex, to break whatever records are set in this year’s race. It is going to be a good year!”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Darren and Alex in Pacific Row 2015 or any other of the events they have planned, please email.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“Rarely does one hear about such an inspirational and heroic Briton as Alex Flynn. The challenges he has successfully undertaken would be considered seriously hard by anyone’s standards and are, in my view, independently worthy of recognition.” “I wish Darren and Alex every success in their bid to win the inaugural Great Pacific Race and bring the world record home for Britain.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE (photo: John Cleare)