Three British women, one of whom has incurable cancer, have shattered the world record for rowing across the Atlantic. Kat Cordiner, who has secondary ovarian cancer, and teammates Abby Johnston and Charlotte Irving arrived in Antigua after completing their 3,000-mile ocean crossing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands. It took them 42 days, 7 hours, and 17 minutes; they knocked an astonishing seven days off of the prior female trio record. The women are raising money for Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The trip was a particular triumph for Cordiner, who had endured exhausting intensive cancer treatment, heart surgery and six months without training. “The doctors told me I don’t have decades, I have years, so I really want to make the most of them. I don’t want to muck around doing stuff that doesn’t matter – I want to do things that are challenging and fun,” she said.

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