Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race
Over the Easter weekend six Launceston College Sixth form students, three members of staff and one partner took part in this event.
It consisted of paddling in K2 Kayaks for a distance of 125 miles over four days as well as negotiating 77 portages, these are places where paddlers must get out of the kayak and carry it before returning to the canal or river, then at the end they are faced with negotiating the Tideway of the Thames, hopefully to arrive safely at Westminster Bridge.
All our crews completed the race successfully; a feat not achieved by many other teams and acquitted themselves magnificently against teams from many of the top public and private schools. They were ably supported by family and friends who spent four days racing around the highways and byways of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Greater London, pushing food and drink into crews at every opportunity, and attempting to arrive at the days finish line in time to cheer in the teams.
All have their own stories to tell and have an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Hopefully over the next week or so some of these stories will appear here so keep looking.
Well Done To:
George Bone & Dan Pike
Alex Horsington & Harry Gilbert
Laura Pethick & Melissa Zillwood
Mr Rush & Mr Jackson
Miss Trower & Mr Gillan
And all the support teams.
What an achievement!!!