Devize to Westminister Canoe Race

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

With next year fast approaching and the time to start making decisions on what races to enter I have been looking for something new to challenge me physically. I have been intrigued by the Devize to Westminister for a few years, not that I’m competitive but my father has always wanted to do it and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get one over him!! So how do you train for a 125 mile paddle??? firstly I had to find someone who knew what they were doing and lived within a reasonable driving distance so that we could train together throughout the winter.

I have known Mike Trew a friend of the family for a number of years, he is a great athlete in his own right: Grand Union Canal Run finisher,Triple Ironman and many more events. It wasn’t until we were running together at the Thames Ring 250 that he mentioned that he had completed DW 4 times. At the time I didn’t think much about it, but around October time I approached him to find out what he thought about partnering me in 2014. He was excited about the prospect, the last time he raced was about ten years ago. This was ideal, he had all the equipment and lived about one hour away.

So this is where we are now…….Mike an experienced paddler, me a complete novice and 5 months to train for a 125 mile paddle with 77 portages. Our first race will be on the 1st Dec, 15 miles at a race called the Stour Descent. Next year we will be targeting a series of races called the Waterside Series that most paddlers will use as part of their beat up to DW.

I’m really excited about the prospect of doing something totally different, I will be posting along the way so watch this space.

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