Heroic Brit pair set new Atlantic rowing record

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Two lifelong friends became the youngest team to row the Atlantic after an extraordinary 54-day experience.

British pair James Sparks and Luke Birch, both students, raised over £300,000 for Breast Cancer Care; the highest individual fundraiser for the charity because of their phenomenal effort.

In the Tailsker Whisky Atlantic Challenge '2 Boys in a Boat' finished fifth fastest out of 17 teams and were the second quickest pair at the event.

Completing the race was a remarkable achievement given the fact they rowed for 12 hours each day, in two-hour spells. They certainly do not fit the stereotype of lazy students.

One of Sparks and Birch took control while the other slept in their boat known as 'Tracy'.

They spent their Christmas rowing on little energy while others were complaining about eating too much.

There were 12 British teams who competed the gruelling task, with Australia, Sweden and Spain all starting in the first week of December.

An unforgettable period for Sparks and Birch was made even more honourable after they made history twice, but most importantly, they raised hundreds of thousands for Breast Cancer Care.

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