Regulars at a village pub put themselves through the pain barrier by taking on hardy Atlantic rowers in a 24-hour charity challenge.

The Wonston Arms in Hampshire hosted the rowathon earlier this month and raised an impressive £8,000 in the process.

It saw 100 locals row in 14-minute stints to see if they could amass as many miles as The Men of Oar, who stayed on the rowing machines for two hours at a time.

The Men of Oar are in training for a transatlantic race this year when they will row from The Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

And the training paid off with the Men of Oar amassing 181 miles in the time compared to the 165 the locals manged.

Those taking part were aged from 14 to 86 and also included landlord Matt Todd (pictured below getting a soaking).



The £8,000 raised goes towards Men of Oar's chosen charities Bowel Cancer UK & Combat Stress UK.