- Four Minds, One Ocean: Heads Together and Row
Henley Business School is delighted to be the headline partner for Heads Together and Row, a crew of three men and one woman taking part in the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018 in aid of mental health charities. As well as supporting the crew, Henley is working with them on a research study focusing on developing individual and team resilience over time.
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Read more about the Heads Together and Row team here...
Drawn together from different backgrounds, the three men and one woman who make up the Heads Together and Row crew have one thing in common – the ambition to test themselves to their limits by taking on the world’s toughest row.
Skipper Toby Gould, 39, is a dad-of-one and Deputy Head of London Resilience. His amateur rowing career highlights include two 100-mile rows for charity, two fastest in class wins in the Great River Race, and stepping in at the last minute in 2014 to row from Belgium to Kent, helping the Salt Row crew to raise over £50,000 for good causes.
Jeremy Reynolds, 41, spent seven years in the British Army and now works in emergency planning and response. He has been part of a crew that won the Great River Race in a number of categories, and has also been involved in a 100-mile charity row.
Alison Wannell, 40, took up rowing at university and has competed on and off since, including a few Head of the River races and an entry into Women’s Henley. Her family background is also in the British Army.
Justin Coleman, 53, has attempted to row the Atlantic before in 2004, and with a 50th birthday and one broken hip behind him, is determined to give it another go. Away from rowing, he is a semi-professional stand-up comedian.
Heads Together and Row will be rowing in support of the Heads Together campaign, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to end stigma around mental health, and will be fundraising for Mind, a leading mental health charity, and Combat Stress, a mental health charity for veterans.
As the ocean will be their ‘home’ during the challenge, the crew will also fundraise for the UK-based Marine Conservation Society.
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Read more about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge here...
Searing heat, sea sickness and strong winds are just some of the challenges the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge can throw at competitors. But as well as being at the mercy of the elements, crews will be tested to their limits both physically and mentally.
Starting in San Sebastian in the Canary Islands in December, the unsupported rowing race features up to 30 teams from around the world, including both groups and solo rowers.
During the journey, described as the world’s toughest row, crews can find themselves battling against 40ft waves, hurricane strength winds and temperatures of up to 40 degrees – while also facing the risk of capsize – as they head for the finish line in English Harbour, Antigua.
Heads Together and Row expect their race to take 40 to 60 days to complete, which will include spending Christmas and New Year at sea. They will row in pairs in two-hour shifts around the clock, in a 29’ x 6’ boat carrying all the required equipment, food and a water maker to turn sea water into drinking water.
Their race will also be a world record attempt to become the fastest mixed four to row the Atlantic east to west.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is organised by Atlantic Campaigns. Click here to find out more.
Read more about the Henley Business School research study here...
As well as supporting the Heads Together and Row crew, Henley will work with them on a research project focusing on developing individual and team resilience over time.
The study will be led by Dr Caroline Rook, Lecturer in Leadership at the business school, who holds a degree in psychology and whose research relates to creating healthy and productive workplaces through exploring the links between leadership and wellbeing in organisations.
She investigates in particular how to manage executive stress, how to maintain authentic functioning at work and the role of coaching for creating resilience for positive leadership.
The Heads Together and Row study will consider both physical and psychological health as well as nutrition. Henley researchers will be following the crew’s training, tracking performance and resilience markers and documenting performance during the race itself.
Further details about the research project will be announced in due course.
Click here to find out more about Caroline Rook.