Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Its Devizes - Westminster time! EUCC take up the race.

Through the dark cold and harsh winter months there lurks a special bread of paddler.  Found on the coldest and bleakest days on frozen canals, bleak estuaries and flat rivers. Beanie hats on, hands jammed in pogies and warm breath hanging in the freezing air. 

Yes, its the Devizes to Westminster race teams going about their training.  

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon is one of the most demanding open-to-all endurance events on the planet. 125 miles by kayak or canoe from Devizes along the Kennet & Avon Canal to the River Thames and down to Westminster in the heart of London. Those entering the non-stop race will be in their boats for around 24 hours with no breaks.

This year there is an intrepid team from Exeter University Canoe Club (amongst other SW teams) entering.

The Team of Ashley and Sam are aiming to complete the race in 22 hours or less which is a tough challenge. 
The guys have been training hard since September and will be competing in some of the Waterside series of races, one of 13.5 miles and one of 34 miles. 

The guys are raising money for a couple of charities, the Alzheimer's Society and the Devon air Ambulance.

Help them along with some fundraising by donating via their Just Giving page. 

You can find it here:  Just Giving - Exeter University DW Race Team

Follow the guys race preparation on their Facebook page here: Exeter Uni DW Race team

Find out all about this very historic race on the the official race website. www.dwrace.org