Taking on the Irish Sea – Celtic Challenge

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Oardinary people on an extraoardinary challenge – The Celtic Challenge!

A dozen ordinary people for all walks of life with an age span of 47 years take on the longest sea rowing race in the world, the Celtic Challenge, across the Irish Sea from Arklow in the Republic of Ireland to Aberystwyth, West Wales.

The sea rowers, 8 women and 4 men, including 3 grannies, a fire officer, a police inspector, a builder, a veterinary nurse, a foster carer and a student all pull together for nearly 100 miles of open sea that can take over a day to cross.

Starting the 100 mile race

BBC1 Our Lives series

Taking on the Irish Sea is a programme made for BBC1’s Our Lives series. It follows the crew from Llangrannog rowing club, Ceredigion, as they train for the marathon row including man-over-board and distress flare drills with the New Quay life boat, competing indoors on rowing machines and undergoing fitness tests,  and raising money for charities. The self-confessed crazy gang also have a lot of fun on the way.

Sea rowing is part of the lifeblood of most coastal towns and villages along the West Wales coast and Taking on the Irish Sea captures this community spirit and shows that anyone can achieve great things whatever their age and ability.

Fittest rower in the crew!

Taking to the sea

The riskiest part of the race!

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