Paddling 30 milesto raise £1,000 for Sport Relief

PUBLISHED: 11:33 03 April 2012




A 30-mile canoe marathon, from Exeter to Axmouth, has raised over £1,000 for Sport Relief.

Initially four set off from Exeter on the epic trip and were joined by others along the way.

At the start of Exeter basin - James Clarke (15), Mike Parla (14), Geoff Hunt and Tash Khan Davies set off on the 30 mile paddle. At Exmouth they had a 15 minute break and were joined by Bruce Chandler and Colin Schofield. Then, at Budleigh Salterton, they stopped for another short break. Before they could take the break they had to overcome the rather large waves that stood in the way of them getting to the beach.

The growing team of canoeists next arrived at Sidmouth and had to paddle around to the second rock groin to seek safer waters. Geoff and Colin decided to try surfing, with no success, resulting in them both going for an impromptu swim.

Whilst at Sidmouth their numbers grew to raise more money for Sport Relief as they were then joined by Nick George, Graham Baker, Jordan Baker, Donna Vincent and Connor Vincent.

Whilst approaching Branscombe the younger team members gave the oldies a well earned break before entering the final sprint!

At Beer Head they were greeted once again by Geoff Hunt again along with Phil Rowsell and Hays Hunt.

This now significant team of sponsored paddlers decided to take a straight line to Axmouth harbour where they were greeted by a large crowd. From early morning to 6pm, they paddled the 30 miles to raise over £1,000 for Sport Relief and Axe Vale Canoe Club.

James Clark said: “We all want to thank everyone who helped or donated, especially our parents who spent the whole day running around after us at every stop.”

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