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Mum makes history with record row of the Atlantic

By Ryan Hooper

A mother-of-two has rowed her way into the record books with a history-making solo crossing of the Atlantic.

Elaine Hopley (45) from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday after nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world's toughest row.

Ms Hopley, an experienced endurance athlete, was raising money for Alzheimer Scotland and rowed across in a boat named after her mother, Jan. She said: "I love adrenaline sports and it has always been a goal and dream to cross an ocean, that for years has remained unfulfilled, as I have needed to support my mother, who was diagnosed with dementia."

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