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Man completes marathon canoe challenge powered by chocolate

A canoer has eaten his way through two hundred bars of a popular chocolate snack over two months as he completed a water-based feat around Ireland.

Paul Alexander understood how important it is to keep your energy levels up when on the water, which is true whether completing a charity challenge off the coast of Ireland, as was the case with this plucky 50-year-old, or on a team building adventure canoeing in Chester.

Alexander said that he averaged more than two Snickers bars every day of his challenge. Made of caramel, chocolate and peanuts, it gave him a huge boost of energy and kept his sugar levels high.

However, his success was due to far more than choccy snacks alone.

Camping in the beaches around Ireland’s coastline every night and eating fish he caught while at sea, Alexander said that he enjoyed every moment of the challenge:

“It was an adventure. It went well. I got all the way around the island.”

He went on to explain that there were “three or four hairy times” throughout the challenge, including a capsizing that saw him remain in the cold water for 45 minutes.

With 30 years of kayaking experience though, backed up by 18 months of training for the trip, he enjoyed the sights and sounds of the sea.

That included the whales and sharks that crossed his path, with the Kilkenny-man adding:

“It was scary…I think they knew I was there.”

With the money raised going to muscular dystrophy charities, Alexander now plans to write a book about his paddling adventure.