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Finish line in sight for Shropshire's Amazon River rowers

North Shropshire | News | Published:

The finishing line will soon be in sight for a team of rowers who are attempting the entire length of one of the world's longest rivers.

The team of five, from Shropshire, are rowing the entire 2,077-mile navigable length of the Amazon River in South America.

Starting out at the beginning of November, they have fewer than 80 miles to go and are on course to finish the challenge by the end of the week.

The team is made up of Simon Furnival, a dairy farmer from Norton-in-Hales, near Market Drayton, Martin Berry, director of Shropshire-based surveying firm LandScope Engineering, and Stephen Harpin, a Telford-based entrepreneur.

Andy Griffiths, director of Wonderland Telford, and Stuart Manley, owner and operator of Manley Design & Construction, which is based near to Craven Arms, complete the team. The team, which this week approached Macapa in Brazil, have been facing a series of navigational challenges as they row throughout the day and night.

A blog on the team's website this week said: "The latest news from the crew is that they have 80 miles to go until they reach Macapa.

"The team have been and are continuing to push hard down areas of the Amazon. The crew are raising funds for charities close to their hearts."

  • People can donate money at www.justgiving.com/SimonFurnival-Amazon-Row/

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