Jack Jarvis completed the mammoth journey in 111 days (Picture: United We Conquer).
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British soldier finishes epic Atlantic row

The journey was about 4,500 nautical miles meaning Jack Jarvis was at sea for 111 days – rowing an average of 50 miles a day.

Jack Jarvis completed the mammoth journey in 111 days (Picture: United We Conquer).

A British soldier has completed what is thought to be a world-first with a solo, unsupported Atlantic Ocean row.

Jack Jarvis, a Royal Engineer serving with the Royal School of Military Engineering, travelled from mainland Europe to mainland North America - a route believed to have never been done before.

The journey was about 4,500 nautical miles, meaning Mr Jarvis, who left Portugal on 3 December, was at sea for 111 days – rowing an average of 50 miles every day.

His motivation to take on the challenge was in memory of his grandfather, who died in 2007 from a brain tumour – with Mr Jarvis raising more than £50,000 for brainstrust, the UK brain tumour charity.

Mr Jarvis said he was "on cloud nine" having finished the rowing challenge, adding "it makes all those hard days at sea missing family and friends worthwhile".

"I'm also thrilled to have surpassed my fundraising target of £50,000 and know my grandfather would be incredibly proud of my achievements, as are the rest of my family," he said.

"I hope I have proved to everyone that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and our biggest obstacle is only ever ourselves. 

Jack Jarvis having a well-earned beer after rowing the Atlantic Ocean (Picture: United We Conquer).

"With the right mindset anything and everything is possible," he added.

During the monumental challenge, Jack received motivational support from the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville and Sir Steve Redgrave. 

Will Jones, CEO of braintrust, said Mr Jarvis had "inspired us all at brainstrust, and in the brain tumour community".

"He has given us resolve in our belief that if we lean in, keep working hard and look out for one another that every day lived with a brain tumour can be a day well-lived," he said.

"Jack – thank you for your support, for taking brainstrust on your journey and for smashing this record with the brain tumour community front and centre."