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Lee Spencer AKA The Rowing Marine

9 January 2019

Lee Spencer AKA The Rowing Marine

Many of you will remember that Lee came to visit St.Peter’s in the Autumn term and spoke to all years about his life.

Lee served 24 years as a Royal Marine commando and completed three operational tours of Afghanistan, returning to Britain unscathed only to lose his right leg below the knee in 2014 after being hit by flying debris while helping a motorway crash victim.

In 2015 Lee set-off to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in just a rowing boat. The Row-to-Recovery team, a team of four injured veterans had just 3 legs between them.

In February 2016, some 46 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes later the team rowed into land as the first British military all amputee team of four to row an ocean. And now after 2 false starts, he is trying again but this time… ON HIS OWN!

Lee is attempting to break 2 world records:

1) The first physically disabled person to row across the Atlantic, East to West, from mainland Europe to mainland South America.  Non-stop and unsupported 3,500 miles, to French Guiana.

​2) Also attempting to beat the able bodied record set by Stein Hoff in 2002 of 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes.

Lee set off today and we are hoping to track him as he undertakes his epic journey. We are also hoping to speak live to him at some point during an assembly.

You can track Lee’s progress on his website – http://www.leespencer.co.uk/

God bless and all the best from all at St.Peter’s!