Lee ‘Frank’ Spencer is a former Royal Marine who served for 24 years without suffering any serious injuries. One day in 2014, while off duty, he pulled over to help a motorist on the M3. He was hit by flying debris and had to have his leg amputated. That day, his life changed for ever.
Now known as ‘The Rowing Marine’, Lee is not only a Royal Marine Commando, Atlantic Ocean rower and multi Guinness World Record holder, he is a father, husband, inspirational speaker and guitar playing pirate.
Below are the details of past and future endeavours…
Lee Spencer’s Triathlon of Great Britain by swimming the channel, a distance of approximately 21 miles, cycle Lands End to John o’Groats, a further 874 miles, taking in the summits of Snowden and Scarfell Pike and finish with a marathon (official distance 26 miles 385 yards) over Ben Nevis.
In January 2019 Lee Spencer, a single leg amputee, became the first physically disabled person to have rowed solo across the Atlantic. He smashed the previous able-bodied record, set by Stein Hoff in 2002, by over a month and gained two new World Records.
On 20 December 2015, Row2Recovery’s third Atlantic rowing crew departed the Port of San Sebastian on La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. After 46 days; 6 hours; 49 minutes Team Endeavour arrived in English Harbour, Antigua on 4 February 2016, becoming the first all-amputee team to row across an ocean.
In August 2021 the Forces of Nature team will kayak across the South American continent from Nauto (Peru) through the Amazon basin in Brazil to the Atlantic coast. The team will cover a total distance of 3500km lasting approximately 6 weeks.