Englishman Charlie Pitcher first rowed the Atlantic in 2010, between competing in the Marathon Des Sables in 2009 and undertaking a 350 kilometre non-stop run across Scotland in 2011. With an enduring passion for the sea, reflected by his background in international yacht racing, he is compelled by the abundant challenges only the ocean can provide.
Charlie continues to raise money for charity; his efforts to date have generated almost £300,000.
“This is the biggest physical and mental challenge I will ever put myself through, but with the right attitude to training and preparation as well as sheer determination, I believe anything is possible.”
Charlie and family celebrate in Barbados, 2013
On February 6th at 17:05 Charlie set off from La Gomera in the Canaries, bound for Barbados in a 6.5m rowing boat. On March 13th, 35 Days and 33 minutes later, he arrived fatigued and broken, but ecstatic to find his wife and sons greeting him on the dock. A new World Record had been set, taking a massive five days off the previous record. An unbelievable achievement from an inspiring British adventurer.
Charlie winning the Atlantic Rowing Race, 2010
Charlie set off on a solo attempt of the 2010 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race in aid of Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. After initially hoping for a safe (and relatively fast) crossing, he found himself ahead of the fleet (both solo and pairs) and on track for the solo world record. Charlie’s mind set changed and he began to push himself harder. The boat design was an obvious winner, but adverse weather conditions forced him to baton down the hatches for almost 10 days. Despite the setback Charlie finished in 52 days, setting the British record and winning the race by a significant margin.
Marathon Des Sables, 2009
In 2009 Charlie preceded his Atlantic crossing with the 151-mile Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara Desert, considered the toughest foot race on Earth. Having completed numerous marathons in the past, this was his most significant running-challenge to date and despite a minor knee injury he managed to achieve a top 100 finish - a placing he aims to improve upon in the future.
Run to the North, 2011
2011 saw Charlie strike out the maps and draw the route for a new ultra-running event through the heart of Scotland. With the desire and capability to test the course, Charlie and a small team climbed to the start point at the summit of Ben Nevis and set out to reach Cape Wrath, 350km to the North, in the shortest time possible. With a cumulative ascension of 10,000m during the almost non-stop run, Charlie made it to Cape Wrath in approximately 103 hours.
Following the Transatlantic Solo 2013 world-record campaign, Charlie will find his feet again and return to ultra-running. As with the Run to the North challenge, he aims to devise new routes and set new records, but now his ambitions are set further afield and in more challenging environments. Charlie will also be aiding in the expansion of the ocean rowing society through his involvement in new boat designs from Rannoch Ocean.