Atlantic rowers Hannah and Lauren are my new heroes

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I’ve been busy writing about sporting endeavour and how the athletes at the Winter Olympics were brilliant.

But I now have two new heroes. They are Hannah Lawton and Lauren Morton, students at my alma mater the University of the West of England, who are rowing across the Atlantic despite other competitors finishing three weeks ago.

Their autopilot broke on the start line, they’ve had a fire, their rudder broke and then was dropped into the sea, and they were adrift for a week waiting for a new one.

But they’ve kept going to raise £100,000 in memory of their friend Eleanor Rose Ellis, who died of cervical cancer last year aged just 23. To help them, see