MORE than 2,100 miles to travel with nothing but a pair of oars to power you.
That is the challenge about to be completed by the biggest of Brymbo bravehearts.
Barry Hayes, of Lamberton Drive, is close to completing the notorious Great Pacific Race, dubbed ‘the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet’.
Barry, 32, began the challenge in June and has rowed thousands of miles across the biggest ocean on the planet with fellow ‘Battleborn’ team members Philip Cavanagh, Darren Taylor and Dan Kierath.
The four-man team – one of only two quad teams in this year’s race – set off from Monterey Bay in California and have tackled more than 2,100 nautical miles in a boat aptly named Patience.
Their quest is to reach Honolulu in Hawaii.
And yesterday Barry and his fellow oarsmen had less than 200 nautical miles to go before reaching the finish line.
Although new to rowing before he joined the team, Barry signed up for the once-in-a-lifetime race after seeing the contest advertised on a blog.
Prior to the trip, Barry, who lives with partner Emma Raine and eight year old stepson Jack Rowley, said he undertook the trip to give his stepson something to “brag about”.
He is also raising cash for the Help for Heroes veterans’ charity.
His father, also named Barry, is a decorated naval officer, and younger brother Lewis, aged 28, serves in the First Mercian Regiment and recently served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
He said: “My dad’s a decorated war hero and has endless numbers of amazing stories that he tells us.
“I work in a bank and have very few!
“This is my chance to give my eight-year-old something to brag about in the playground.”
Barry's 31-year-old brother Sam Hayes, who lives in Farndon, said: “I was amazed when he first told us. I think it’s great and I’m incredibly proud of him.”
For more information on the progress of Barry and the Battleborn team or to donate, visit their website at www.greatpacific race.com/crew/battleborn/.
The team has so far raised more than £15,000 towards their combined £60,000 target.
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