Explorer starts row across ocean

CHALLENGE James Ketchell, left, and Ashley Wilson, who have set off from Australia in Nothing's Impossible
CHALLENGE James Ketchell, left, and Ashley Wilson, who have set off from Australia in Nothing's Impossible
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WICKHAM explorer Ashley Wilson has set off on one of the world’s toughest rowing challenges.

Ashley, 37, has teamed up with James Ketchell, and the pair have left from Western Australia in an attempt to cross the Indian Ocean in record time.

The 4,000-mile journey has only been rowed 20 times successfully – including four times by a pair – with the fastest crossing being 85 days.

Having survived Hodgkin lymphoma aged 19 and suffering from epilepsy since he was seven, Ashley, an assistant county commissioner in the Scouts, hopes his journey will prove his condition does not limit what can be achieved.

He said: ‘Having been told I can’t do things for most of my life due to my condition, I felt it’s important to make a stand and prove to people just because a person has epilepsy, it shouldn’t restrict them from achieving great things.’

It will also be a chance for the pair to conduct research into mental alertness by spending their limited downtime during the journey playing Scrabble – visit nothings-impossible.co.uk