Age on race day: 54
Five years ago, had someone predicted that I would be joining a team of incredibly focused, determined and inspirational women in a tiny boat to row 3,000 miles across an ocean, I would have politely suggested they go and see a doctor.
But, as we know, life sometimes has a habit of presenting us with unexpected twists and turns. And so it was for me that, in 2011, I became entangled in a sequence of events that would eventually lead me to sign up for a challenge that promised to test me to my limits and beyond.
Answering an advert inviting people to try the sport of rowing, I soon found myself joining Monmouth Rowing Club, being smitten with the agony and joy of learning to row, getting quickly hooked and thereafter swiftly having to balance my life as the principal of a law firm, a wife and mother of a young son with that of what I had now become; a rowing addict.
Amongst the juggling of professional and domestic balls, I somehow managed to scrape enough spare time together to spend countless outings on the river Wye hoping to improve my rowing technique. And soon enough I discovered the excitement and adrenalin rush that comes from competing in regattas and other rowing events; eventually even winning a few along the way! Not content with this, however, I then sought out bigger and better challenges, eventually arriving at the point where I now find myself on this weird and wonderful journey of discovering how far I can push myself.
So, from small and, seemingly, insignificant actions can grow great ambitions.
Now I cannot think of anything I want more than to be in that boat with those amazing women who also get what the challenge of rowing the Atlantic is all about.
As a team, the challenge now before us demands our utmost respect; not to conquer the ocean but to love it and hope it loves us back just enough to get us to the other side.
And, if, one day when he’s all grown up, my son can say that his middle-aged mother inspired him to attempt things he might never have thought possible, then I will consider that to be my greatest gift to him.