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First all-amputee team celebrate Christmas milestone

Nigel Rogoff, a former Flight Sergeant from Herefordshire Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man from Herefordshire who is part of the first all-amputee team taking part in the world's toughest rowing race is celebrating Christmas with tinned fruit. Nigel Rogoff, who's 56, is among four team members covering around 300 miles during the first five days of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Nigel and his colleagues set off last Sunday to cross the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. Their Row2Recovery crew is one of 26 teams taking part in the annual Challenge, which depending on weather conditions, can take between 40 and 90 days to complete.

Nigel, a former RAF flight sergeant, lost his leg above the knee after being injured during a charity sky dive at Aston Villa's home ground in 1998.

The 'Row2Recovery' team that will row the 3,000 mile race Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"You have to encourage injured people to stick their heads out the front door and crack on with life, which is exactly what we're all doing.

It's hard going but wouldn't be the same if it wasn't and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas.We are eating tinned fruit and adding water to our dry food packs - there's not much room for turkey on our rowing boat.

We're missing our families but looking forward to hitting Antigua in 40 or so days' time a bit worse for wear but it's worth it for our great charities".

– Nigel Rogoff

"The seasickness has well and truly kicked in with two members of the team struggling to eat anything since they set off.

Their aim is to head south as quickly as they can to benefit from stronger currents. The conditions have also brought a new challenge where the oars are getting pushed by the force of the sea against their prosthetics sending them flying off their seats."

– Team's Facebook page, day three


Weekend Picks: Hallowe'en Spooktacular

Hallowe'en Spooktacular: 24th - 25th October (Croft Castle and Parkland, Leominster)

This weekend Croft Castle will host it’s annual Halloween spooktacular in Leominster. Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

This weekend Croft Castle will host it’s annual Halloween spooktacular in Leominster.

Ghosts and ghouls will entertain the whole family in the historic castle setting.

Over the weekend there’ll be outdoor trail activities, face painting, pumpkin carving, ghost stories, and broomstick making and children are invited to come dressed in their favourite spooky costumes.

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