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Sore and wobbly - Aylsham rower's happy

PUBLISHED: 10:23 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:49 13 July 2010

The legs are wobbly, their bottoms sore, and hands curled into painful claws after more than a month of non-stop rowing.

But Norfolk's trio of trans-Atlantic rowers, including Aylsham printing boss Julian Barnwell, are still celebrating after their record-breaking 3,000-mile adventure.

The legs are wobbly, their bottoms sore, and hands curled into painful claws after more than a month of non-stop rowing.

But Norfolk's trio of trans-Atlantic rowers, including Aylsham printing boss Julian Barnwell, are still celebrating after their record-breaking 3,000-mile adventure.

He is part of a 14-man crew who arrived in Barbados at the end of last week, following a 3,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands which took 33 days, seven hours and 30 minutes.

It smashed two days off the previous fastest crossing, and also broke records for the most miles - 117 - rowed in 24 hours, and for clocking up 100 miles for five days in a row.

The crew, which also included heart doctor Liam Hughes and financial advisor Mike Tooth from Norfolk, has settled into a string of luxurious VIP parties, massages, breakfasts in bed, and sunbathing as they grabbed holidays at the end of an journey which involved relentless rowing, eating instant meals, and power napping in cabins humid with 40 degrees of stifling heat.

After a 12-hour sleep Aylsham printer Julian Barnwell told the News: “I cannot close my hands. My backside is covered in sores and plasters.

“I cannot walk in a straight line and have done more damage to myself on dry land than I did at sea”, he added, stressing that was down his “sea legs” rather than the previous night's celebrations.

He was on high after reaching journey's end, and being reunited with his family - but admitted that he was already pining for his crewmates.

“When you have the intensity of being with them for so long you miss it,” said Mr Barnwell. “My first emotion when we landed was to hug all the crew for their blood, sweat and tears.”

His Thai wife Lamyai also got hugs and kisses from the businessman who has regularly tackled marathon rows, and is toying with a North Atlantic one in the future.

He is looking forward to getting back to work where his business is tackling a major move within the town.

But Mr Barnwell said that among his next adventures was …to start a family.

For more details about the row and the charities it supported, visit www.oceanrowevents.com

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