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Black Forest to Black Sea An Epic Journey Supported By Ardbeg

22nd July 2013
British rowers Mark Hughes and Jonathan Cowie have completed an epic 3200km row down the Danube sponsored by Ardbeg.

Two daring British rowers have completed an epic journey to row from the highest navigable point on the Danube to the lowest – a staggering 3,200km journey – with the support of Ardbeg, Islay Single Malt whisky.

Their journey began in the heart of Europe and passed through ten countries and after rowing an incredible 3,200km the epic journey finished on the western fringes of Asia. The two Brits, Mark Hughes and Jonathan Cowie rowed in shifts of one hour each and had to cover at least 100km per day to remain on target.

The expedition was supported by the Ultimate Islay malt, Ardbeg, who are also well known for their love of adventure. You are all probably aware of Ardbeg's involvement in a "world first" space maturation experiment on the International Space station, and their big and untamed custom-made Orange County Chopper motorbike is currently touring the world.

Rower Mark Hughes explains: "Jonathan and I are extremely excited to have completed our adventure to row down the Danube. It has been the ultimate journey and we very much appreciate the support from the ultimate Islay malt whisky, Ardbeg."

Allan Little, Ardbeg Brand Manager, says: "The distance these two friends have covered is really admirable. Their ambition is to raise money and awareness for two inspirational charities and we are more than happy to support them. We’d also encourage everyone to go to www.rowthedanube.com to donate.”

Mark and Jonathan set off on their ultimate journey on the June 9th from Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany after being delayed by flooding. They travelled down the river Danube to complete their epic trip on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, after almost a month of rowing on July 6th.

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