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UWE students refuse to quit Atlantic rowing challenge

UWE students refuse to quit Atlantic rowing challenge Credit: Promotional Video

Two university students from UWE in Bristol are refusing to quit in their attempt to row across the Atlantic, despite becoming stranded at sea.

Lauren Morton and Hannah Lawton are taking part in the Atlantic Challenge, raising money in memory of a friend who died from cervical cancer.

But the pair have suffered so many problems, they remain more than a thousand miles from the finish line while all the other competitors have finished.

Stranded rower's father: "It's been a tough 69 days"

The father of 24-year-old rower Lauren Morton has spoken of his concern for his daughter and her partner Hannah, after they became stranded at sea.

Wayne Moreton says the Bristol students faced numerous problems during the race but are determined to finish, as they're competing in memory of their friend who died of cervical cancer.

He spoke to Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot on ITV News Calendar:

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Bristol students stranded in Atlantic during race

Bristol University students Lauren Morton and Hannah Lawton are waiting for help mid-Atlantic after their rudder broke.

They're taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Race, which is considered one of the most perilous rowing challenges in the world.

A man from Bridlington won the race in January, as Duncan Wood explains:

Zac Purchase announces retirement

Zac Purchase, Olympic gold medallist Credit: Barry Coombs/PA Wire

British Olympic gold medal winner Zac Purchase has announced his retirement from rowing, following a lengthy break from the sport.

The 27 year-old from Gloucestershire followed his gold at Beijing in 2008 with a silver at the London Games in the lightweight double scull alongside Mark Hunter. He says it's the right time to step away and explore other opportunities.

Cracknell's bid to be a European MP

Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has been talking about his latest challenge - to become a Euro-MP for the south west. The man who twice won gold for rowing, is on the Conservative list of candidates for next year's election.

Today he said he didn't feel his sporting prowess was the reason for his selection - or that the effects of a serious head injury would hamper his chances. He was speaking to our political correspondent Bob Constantine at the Conservative conference in Manchester.

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