James aims to row, row, row his boat to new world record

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A Sheffield University graduate is aiming to rewrite the record books by breaking the world speed record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic in a rowing boat.

James Robins will be part of an eight man team seeking to complete the feat in under 30 days - a challenge known as the ‘four minute mile’ of ocean rowing.

James, who completed two medical degrees at Sheffield in 2009 and 2012, will be rowing from the Canary Islands to Barbados in December.

Now a doctor at the Northern General Hospital, James has got plenty of rowing practice under his belt after he took part in many events for the Sheffield University Rowing Club.

He is looking to use the event as a fundraiser for Neurocare, a Sheffield-based charity which funds the local neurosurgical department.