Amputee soldier's New Year goal is to set record on Atlantic crossing

Lee Spencer, a disabled former Royal Marine soldier, is hoping to set a new record for rowing with no help across the Atlantic.

The Rowing Marine sets sight on a new record

Spencer lost his leg whilst helping a motorist involved in a crash. He is now training to row alone and unsupported between the mainlands of Europe and South America. He will set off on the 3,500 mile trip in January.

Spencer says that he has always been adventurous and that when he lost his leg, he felt that a part of him was gone. By rowing he wants to stay adventurous.

He has already made the trip once alongside three other disabled soldiers as part of the Row2Recovery team. The group set a record in 2015-2016 as the first all-amputee four-man rowing team to cross the Atlantic.

Now Spencer wants to beat the able-bodied record set by Stein Hoff in 2002. Hoff made the trip in just 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes.

Spencer says that the first 48 hours of the journey will be the worst. Spencer served in the Royal Marines for 24 years and survived three tours in Afghanistan without injury. But he lost his leg when he was hit by flying debris from a car accident on a motorway in Surrey. He had been helping a motorist who had crashed into a central reservation.

Since then he has become known as the Rowing Marine, showing people what they can achieve in the face of life-altering situations.

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