Marathon Kayak in Aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Saturday, 10th July, 2010

 

After plenty of hours spent on the water preparing, and with the sponsorship coming in nicely, the Snarestone Paddlers were blessed with a perfect days weather as they tried to paddle their Kayaks a marathon distance of over 26 miles along the Coventry Canal and then Ashby Canal with the aim of making it to The Globe at Snarestone before it got dark. It was a tall order, but ably backed up by a fantastic support team, both on land and in the support boat, it proved to be a very successful day.

 

My thanks to Paul and Di Barnard for the pictures below.

 

You can, if you wish to, still donate to this worthy cause, at www.justgiving.com/snarestonepaddlers

 

On behalf of all of the Paddlers and the CF Trust, a big Thank You to all those who helped and supported us on this event.

 

Arriving for work....05:30

 

Preparing to leave

 

      

Agent Boam                      Glamorous assistant, Niamh

         

Our starting point, The Anchor Inn, Hartshill, 06:00

 

Hauling the support boat down to the water

 

Percy

 

Richard, wondering if this was a good idea after all.

 

John

 

Adrian, prepares.

 

Lining up for photographs at the start, just 26.5 miles to go.

 

06:20 and the paddling begins.

 

Simon and Paul.

 

Early morning sunshine on the Coventry Canal at 06:30

 

Getting into their stride.

 

Behind you, Percy.

 

Approaching the outskirts of Nuneaton

 

Marston junction and the start of the Ashby Canal, just 21 miles to go.

 

Time for the first drink stop. Richard (left) Adrian (Right)

 

John rehydrates a few yards into the Ashby Canal.

 

Percy in good spirits, Marston Junction behind.

 

Closing in on some slow, surprised but very friendly boaters.

 

Even Kayakists have Wags!

 

Leaving Sutton Cheney Wharf behind (left to Right: Richard, Percy, John, Adrian)

 

Percy digging in

 

Adrian balancing drinks bottles

 

Richard takes 5. Not tired, honest.

 

John, a power drink, socks and some fine rhubarb and custard sweets

 

Percy makes it to Market Bosworth, 20.5 miles gone, and so is he. Just 6 to go.

 

Local support

 

Adrian 'encouraging' a swan

 

The last few yards in formation

 

Made it! Fabulous reception, 4:45pm

 

The support boat made it too

 

Left to Right: Support crew of Paul, Simon and Niamh, Paddlers Adrian, John, Richard and Percy.