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All-ladies kayak team sets Cheshire record

An all-ladies team of kayakers from Nottingham rose to the challenge recently, as it took on the famous Cheshire Ring race. It is the first time a ladies only crew has taken part in the event.

The 97-mile course is one of the toughest canoe trips in Cheshire, and is tackled by many of the most experienced oarsmen and women from Britain and across the world. It makes for a very pleasant leisurely course as well for those not racing against the clock.

The girls from Nottingham were, however, and they were not there on their own. Also competing in the relay race, made up of five-pairs from each team, were crews from clubs in nearby Macclesfield and Trentham.

The endurance race is over a course of four canals looped across Cheshire. Taking in Ashton, Bridgewater, Macclesfield, Peak Forest and the Trent & Mersey canals, it is Cheshire kayaking at its best and most demanding.

As well as continuing overnight, the race also has no fewer than 96 locks that need to be navigated over.

It was a tough battle, with all the teams pushing each other close.

It was during the night that the team from Nottingham nearly saw its hopes of completing the course dashed though, as one pair took a wrong turn. Having nearly made it across the Welsh border, the girls realised their mistake. Doubling back, they stayed the course and won the local teams’ races.

Clocking in at less than 19 hours, the challenge has now gone out to all female teams of kayakers to see who can beat it.