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Pedal the Pond

Congratulations on an out of the ordinary effort

Investec-sponsored team of four complete one of the toughest ocean crossings on the planet, in support of mental health awareness charity The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.


After slipping anchor on their epic voyage from Gran Canaria at noon on Sunday 7th January 2018, the team from Pedal the Pond arrived at Antigua late in the evening on Friday 16th February.

Taking it in turns to complete two-hour shifts of pedalling in pairs, Paddy Johnson, Hec Turner, Henry Quinlan and Max Mossman clocked up 4.9 million rotations between them on their journey which is the same distance as travelling between Lands End and John O'Groats five times – battling with often unforgiving conditions.

Setting themselves a target of between 30 and 50 days to complete their journey across the Atlantic, they managed the feat in just 40 days – setting a new world record in the process.

Watch ITV news report

Pedal the Pond


The reason they took on this epic challenge? To raise money for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity set up in memory of Charlie, who took his own life aged 28. The trust was set up by his parents with the aim of educating people on the signs of depression, providing expert advice and help to sufferers and to contribute towards the removal of the mental health stigma that exists in society.


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“They've shown physical endurance, grit and determination whilst keeping high spirits throughout the whole of their challenge. Not only have this been a tremendous fundraising effort, but it has also been fantastic awareness raising about the importance of talking about mental health”

Clare Stafford, CEO, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

The team with the UK flag

“It was an easy decision to get behind Pedal The Pond. We were incredibly impressed with the drive, determination and bravery of Paddy, Hec, Henry and Max. Their chosen charity is focused on equipping young people to look after their mental wellbeing, helping people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and ensuring expert help is available when they need it. It’s a cause that we are totally behind.”

David Aird, Managing Director, UK Client Group, Investec Asset Management

The Route

“We would like to thank Investec and our other sponsors for their support. This was an extraordinarily tough challenge where we had to test our mental strength almost every day. "We were kept going by the constant messages of support and the fact we were attempting to raise awareness of mental health challenges so many face today.”

Max Mossman, Pedal The Pond