United Kingdom team The Four Oarsmen break Atlantic rowing record

A new world record for rowing the Atlantic has been set by four amateur British rowers, who have raised £250,000 for charity in the process.

The Four Oarsmen arrived at Antigua on Saturday after spending 29 days and 15 hours at sea for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, crossing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

The Four Oarsmen, aka Peter Robinson, from West Ditchburn Farm, near Eglingham, as well as George Biggar, Dicky Taylor and Stuart Watts, completed their row across the Atlantic in the early hours of this morning.

The intrepid group braved all to tackle the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge - a 3,000-mile row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour, at Antigua and Barbuda, which they finished in 29 days and 15 hours. The previous race record of 35 days was set past year by the Anglo-American quartet Latitude 35.

They had set out to raise awareness of mental health - and funds for the Mind charity - after Mr Biggar's mother Anne Fisher died aged 54 on January 24 2011.

The Oarsmen have been tackling the feat in a 25-foot boat, relying exclusively on their own manpower, routing and interpretation of the weather conditions, battling against ungodly sleep patterns, physical exhaustion and unpredictable seas.They planned to adopt a pattern of rowing for two hours and sleeping for two hours throughout the challenge.

"We have so much respect for the other teams that are doing it".

The four will split the money between Mind and another charity, Spinal Research, in support of Mr Robinson's friend Ben Kende, once a rising star of Hong Kong rugby, who suffered a spinal cord injury while representing the territory at the Asian Junior Championship in August 2010.