Basingstoke man goes 'round world' on rowing machine

Image caption,
Crowds gathered to see the end of the challenge

A man spent more than two years rowing "around the world" on a rowing machine at a Hampshire shopping centre.

Dave Holby, 29, rowed for an average of 37 miles (60km) every day, five days a week, for the past two years and seven months in Basingstoke.

He clocked up 24,900 miles (40,073km) - the same as circumnavigating the globe.

Mr Holby, who has so far raised £18,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: "It doesn't feel real - it's such a lovely feeling."

Crowds gathered to see the end of the record-breaking row, during which Mr Holby had to endure spells of intense winter weather as well as a hot summer.

"There were so many points where I thought I wouldn't get through but the people of Basingstoke carried me through."

Mr Holby was attempting to set a new world record for the fastest row around the equator.

Guinness World Records is waiting to verify his bid.

More on this story

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.