British rower 'dug deep' to set solo Pacific row record

John Beeden spent 209 days at sea rowing across the Pacific Credit: RTV

A British rower has described how he had "to dig deep" to keep going as he battled against ocean currents to become the first person in the world to complete a non-stop solo row across the Pacific.

John Beeden, 53, who set off from San Francisco on June 1 rowed single-handedly across the Pacific to Cairns in Australia, arriving on Boxing Day after spending 209 days alone at sea.

Speaking as he finally set foot back on dry land he said: "I didn't think I could go on and had to dig deep after getting pushed back hundreds of miles that you've already rowed and you have to row it all again."

Beeden, who is originally from Sheffield, rowed for an average of 15 hours a day to cover the thousands of miles of ocean needed to set his world record.

He said:

Celebrating the end of his adventure with some hard-earned biscuits Beeden marked his arrival back on dry land with a picture on Twitter and the message: "Happy to be on land have some ginger nuts".