06 January 2016 / Club News

Tredegar RFC Supporter in Transatlantic Crossing


Adventurer Roger Davies will shortly be taking part in his latest adventure as an oarsman aiming to beat the Atlantic Row Speed Record. 

Roger, who is 68 years old and an passionate Rugby supporter, will be in recovery from addiction for 35 years on Feb 2nd, will be part of an 8-man crew in a lightweight ocean rowing boat called the Toby Wallace, named after one of the original crew members who sadly died in July 2015.  The boat has been specifically designed to break the ‘4 minute mile’ of ocean rowing and Roger and the international crew hope to beat the record by crossing in under 30 days.  Subject to weather conditions, he will begin the challenging row on January 30th from Gran Canarias and row to Barbados.

 Any money raised by Roger will be donated to Action on Addiction of which HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is a Patron.  It is the only charity working across the entire addiction field in research, treatment and rehabilitation, professional education, workforce development and support for families and children.

Roger draws his experience and motivation from his adventures as a self-proclaimed ordinary guy who has achieved extraordinary success, despite being fitted with a heart stent in 2009, and having a total knee replacement.

 He has never allowed physical impediments to stand in his way of challenges and at 61 years old whilst recovering from his heart surgery, he raced 420 miles across the desolate terrain from Resolute Bay to the North Pole.  Three years later he scaled Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time with his knee-replacement.

 His CV is full of physical adventures including three London Marathons, five Tough Guy challenges, the three Peaks challenge, summiting the highest peak Mount Toubkal whilst climbing the Atlas Mountain range, rowing from London to Paris and the Thames Tidal Challenge.  Roger hopes to be able to add the Atlantic Speed Rowing record to his list of achievements.

 Tristan Millington-Drake, Director of Fundraising at Action on Addiction says, “We are delighted that Roger approached us and said that he would like to fundraise for the charity. Action on Addiction offers treatment and support to those who need it such as individuals and families affected by addiction. We also train students who will be working with these people to ensure they receive the best support. The charity relies on funds to ensure that we can offer these vital services, and we could not do the work we do without help from people like Roger.  We are enormously grateful to him.”


Roger Davies says, “My motto is ‘Live a Life to Die For’.  Recovering from addiction, then heart surgery and pushing my body to its limit in all sorts of adventures really makes me feel alive.  Fundraising for an addiction charity feels to me like I am giving something back, and I hope to be able to complete this amazing adventure whilst also being able to raise money for a charity which is close to my heart. Even if it does have metal in it!”

 If you would like to donate to Roger’s challenge, please go to:

 You can follow Roger’s progress here:


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