Inspired by a talk from WWTW expedition member and wounded veteran Guy Disney, pupils from Abbotsholme school are taking part in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon to raise funds for WWTW over the Easter weekend.
There are 347 boats and 621 people taking on the 125 miles to Westminster and the crews from Abbotsholme are the youngest entrants for the race!
Good luck to Annabelle Lane, Jacob Bushell, Sharlotte Amos, Henry Sanderson, Eddie Pashley, Barney Wilson, Rachel Ekstein and Henry Chiles will start on 3rd April finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament, on the 6th April after negotiating 77 portages on the canals and rivers testing their physical and mental stamina.
At each portage the canoes have to be taken out of the water and walked or run along the bank past lock gates and put back into the water. There is a time limit of 10 hours a day and any crew taking longer than this each day is disqualified.
As well as paddling all day, they will be camping and cooking for themselves at night. According to the event website, conditions are looking hardy, mild temperatures, rain and a westerly wind – it’s going to be tough.
Please find out more about the Abbotsholme team and reward their efforts with a donation here!
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