A BRADFORD on Avon woman and her three male team-mates have completed a 3,000-mile Atlantic Ocean row in aid of mental health charities.

Alison Wannell, 40, a lettings agent from Church Street, Bradford on Avon, was also part of a research project at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

She was the only female member of the four-strong crew of Heads Together and Row, who crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018 on Friday (Feb 1) after 50 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes at sea.

Miss Wannell’s teammates were Toby Gould, 39, from Croydon, Jeremy Reynolds, 41, from Teddington and Justin Coleman, 53, from Leicestershire.

Although the team finished faster than the previous world record, which was 56 days for a mixed-fours crossing, another fours crew finished a few days before them, so they missed out on setting a new world record. They came 17th out of the 28 teams.

left in the challenge. Twenty-eight teams started the but one crew dropped out early on.

A keen rower since university, Alison trained in law and was working as a lettings agent before giving up her job to focus on the challenge.

Heads Together and Row are the focus of academic research by Henley Business School into individual and team resilience.

The study, which began around a year ago and has included regular video diaries while they were at sea, is due to be published later this year.

As their team name suggests, they are raising funds and awareness for the Heads Together campaign charities Mind and Combat Stress, and the Marine Conservation Society.

Anyone interested in sponsoring them can do so at https://www.headstogetherandrow.org.uk/