Trans-Atlantic rower, Henry Cheape, will be at The Byre Theatre in St Andrews this June, talking about his record-breaking 3000 mile solo row - and to thank all of those who gave their support when he undertook the World’s Toughest Row at the turn of the year.

Before signing-up to the challenge, Henry had never rowed before. Months of training, predominantly off the coast of Fife, led him to the December start line in the Canary Islands.

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Uniquely, his boat Polly Anne was loaded with food that Henry had researched and sourced from suppliers as close to his home as possible - from Scottish oat cakes, chocolate and chilli sauce to freeze-dried meals made from locally-farmed produce. His attire also broke with rowing traditions when he shirked lycra, choosing instead to wear cotton shirts and shorts.

The event at The Byre will be a conversation between Henry and esteemed journalist and author, Magnus Linklater. It will include a Q&A and - ahead of the evening - audience members will be encouraged to submit their questions to be asked on the night.

The row - that he completed at the end of January - took 49 days and saw him raise more than £100,000 for his chosen charities. Henry has been 'overwhelmed' by the response since returning to Scotland, saying: “I never imagined so many people would have supported me in the ways they have. It has been humbling.”

The idea of an event was shared with those who followed Polly Anne on social media - to discover the appetite. The feedback was unanimous and has meant trying to find a venue and date where all those interested can be accommodated. That date is now fixed for Wednesday June, 26.

Tickets are on sale via The Byre’s box office -

All profits will be shared with the three charities supported by Henry’s row - Global Canopy, Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food & Farming and the Nomad Conservation Fund.

More information on the row and charities can be found via