A 62-year-old former teacher has become the oldest woman to ever row across the Atlantic ocean, breaking the current record of 57 years.
Di Carrington, from Shropshire, alongside Elaine Theaker and Sharon Magrath also became the only female trio to row the Atlantic and broke a third record by completing the row in 60 days, officials from the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge stated.
Speaking about the incredible feat, Ms Carrington said: “People get to any age and they say ‘Oh I can’t do it, I’m too old’.
“But you know what, you’re never too old… My body’s falling apart. But with a team like this and support from home, it’s been great.”
Long standing family friend of Ms Carrington, Mel Mansell, told The Telegraph: “We all feel so very proud of them all.
“Di is indeed the oldest lady to cross any Ocean and she is ecstatic, the first photo I saw of her contained the biggest smile I have ever seen. She is very proud of herself and the team, and said if you put your mind to it, anything can be possible.”
“I think what Di has done is prove that you’re never too old to achieve what you want to in life,” she said.
“When they crossed the line there was an 84-year-old lady and she said after seeing Di she was going to do the row in two years time; inspiring people like that is amazing.”
The 54-year-old added: “It was a journey of exhilaration and magical moments and moments of terror and moments of fear and misery and desperation all rolled into one.
“These are phenomenally remarkable incredible women and I am so proud to have been in that boat with them.”
Before deciding to take on the challenge the ladies didn’t know each other that well. Ms Carrington and Ms Magrath had met in the gym, then they “all got talking and it went from there,” said Ms Mansell.
Ms Magrath’s daughter added: “I’m just so proud of my Mum and all of the ladies, what they have achieved is really amazing, but also I was relieved they’d all made it back safe.
Ms Magrath was supporting the motor neurone charity after a friend was diagnosed. Sadly her friend passed away one week into the row.
“It was upsetting, and difficult to tell Mum, but I know that will have pushed her on to complete this amazing challenge,” said Ms Mcgrath’s daughter.