you know about a very special event. This Easter, hundreds of kayakers
and canoeists are pitting their skills, physical and mental stamina
and determination against one of the toughest endurance events in the
world - the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon. The
Good Friday Boat Race covers a distance of roughly 125 miles
Irene Killingback says "As children living in Great Bedwyn, a
village beside the Kennet and Avon canal, my sister and I spent many a
happy hour watching the canoes pass by along the river on Good Friday.
Having lived in Cookham for 30 years I decided on this damp Easter
morn for the first time to take a look at the boat race as it reaches
The contestants , who come not just from this country, but from all
over the world take part in the 24 hour race (this year the 125 mile
stretch was completed in fourteen and a half hours ! ), there is
also the 4 day race.
are 3 overnight stops , the first at Newbury, second at Longridge ,
the last just 4 miles short of Westminster bridge. They have to wait
for tides before the final 4 miles on Monday morning.
It's a grueling challenge, physically and mentally exhausting , and
you need to have support teams who meet you as you clamber out of the
locks run round and back in, to give you drink and food. It's done in
all weathers, cold, wet etc. both young, and old take part.
Irene says "What surprised me the most however was the fact that
every single person I have discussed this race with since have known
nothing of this international event. The Oxford v Cambridge Boat race
, oh yes , the Good Friday boat race ......what on earth's that!
can see more about this race which has been going since 1948 at www.dwrace.org.uk
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