On Easter Saturday, myself and a mate, appropriately called Tim Beaver, will take part in the world's oldest canoe race - the 125 mile non-stop Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon.
Described as the 'Canoeist's Everest' it requires crews of 2 to race the 125 miles and portage (drag the canoe out of the water and over land around the locks) 77 times.
The crews start at Devizes Wharf and paddle 50 miles along the Avon and Kennett Canal to the Thames. They then paddle 58 miles to Teddington Lock where they join the dangerous tidal part of the Thames to paddle 17 miles to the finish at Westminster Bridge.
I'm an oxygen engineer for BOC, working out of Ipswich and covering East Anglia and Essex. Many of my patients suffer with cluster headaches. I take a keen interest in the condition and try to help patients by passing on knowledge and promoting OUCH (UK) whenever I can. Tim is a top man who supports my views...
Please sponsor us.....
I'd love to raise funds to help OUCH. We are BOAT No. 371 in the race and you can track us on GPS via the DW Devizes Westminster official site...
We will take between 22 to 24 hours non-stop paddling to complete the race and burn about 1000 calories per hour. We have 2 support crews who will feed and water us when we portage. We pee in the boat!!! Thanks for helping.
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