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Devizes To Westminster Canoe Race 2019 Amazing Success

The College has been taking part in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race for several years and this year has seen unprecedented success for our students.

The race is 125 miles over 4 days and takes place on the Kennet & Avon Canal and the Thames tideway starting at Devizes and finishing under Westminster Bridge London.

It is described as “the toughest endurance race in the world”, and for a boat and crew to complete the whole course is an exceptional achievement.

This year over 100, 2 person crews, began the race and all 8 of our crews completed the course, ably assisted by support crews made up of friends and family. We had 3 crews finish in the top 15 junior boats one of our team of 3 boats came 3rd in the team event.

Students train all year for the event and enter the build-up series, known as the Waterside series.

After finishing the event on Easter Monday some of our students reflected on their achievement

Hannah Davey said “I have achieved what many other people my age haven’t done, after last year’s cancellation it gave me more motivation to complete the race this year. After this year’s race I feel like I may try and compete again next year with the goal of beating this year’s time. “

Myles Redwood said “After last year’s race being cancelled on the second day, my partner and I had a strong desire to return to training the following year and complete the race we dedicated so much of our time towards. To finally pass under Westminster bridge, after paddling 125 miles from Devizes, was a huge achievement for the both of us. One that I’m sure neither of us, and anyone else who took part, will not forget. Although the race, and all the training involved, is very difficult I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who is considering signing up for the event. “


Tom Jewell stated,’I would highly recommend taking this brilliant experience to anyone interested in adventure learning’

Congratulations to all our competitors on their fantastic achievements