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Britons row Atlantic to win 'world's toughest race'

Two Britons have taken first place in an endurance boat race dubbed "the world's toughest", where competitors row across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of charity.

Friends Mike Burton and Tom Salt were the first team across the finish line in Antigua earlier today, more than a month and 3,000 miles after setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands at the end of last year.

Team Locura cross the finish line in Antigua Credit: Twitter / @RowTheAtlantic

Burton, 53, and Salt, 30, who together make up Team Locura, battled physical and mental exhaustion, rowing in shifts of two hours on, two hours off to raise money for the Generous Hearts Foundation.

"Mike and I are absolutely ecstatic to have won the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. We're no strangers to extreme challenges, but this is definitely the hardest thing we've ever done and pushed us to new limits both physically and mentally," said Salt.

"We will be celebrating this evening with our friends and family - and the burger we have been dreaming about since day one," he added.

They completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 40 days, two hours, 38 minutes and 54 seconds.