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Fire-fighting kayakers up for island mission

The sport of kayaking has seen many more new members join its ranks in the past year, driven on by the success seen in the London Olympics. However, while the sport is accessible to all, an upcoming challenge remains the preserve of the experienced oarsman.

Next month, a team led by firefighters from the south coast will traverse an 18-mile course around Hayling Island. The second year the challenge has been set, the watch manager of Hayling fire station, Mark Pannel, said:

“We are doing it because last year was really successful and we raised more than £2,500 for charity.”

Last year’s efforts saw the cash raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity and the RNLI again, both worthy causes and so relevant to the guys taking the challenge.

However, the task is not going to be exclusive to firefighters, and the team is also on the lookout for members of the public who think they are up to the task.

Taking about five hours of intense paddling, volunteers will need to be fit. There are two rest points on the route though, and the views from the sea back to the island are well worth it.

Anyone can enter, whether they have trained on the River Fleet in Hampshire or taken to canoeing in Cheshire on the River Dee. They are looking for up to 50 participants.

The challenge, which will see the paddlers start and finish from Sandy Point, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 7. Starting at 10.30 am, a good pair of lungs and some well worked shoulder muscles will be needed.