Welcome to the 2018 season

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Marathon canoe race completed in record time

Last month, hundreds of paddlers successfully crossed the line in the 2014 Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, with the youngest team ever taking the senior title.

The 125-mile race, which usually takes teams four days to complete, was won in just 17 hours and 23 minutes by Mike Southey and Ryan Pearce. Paddling through the night to make the grade, the duo achieved a memorable record, with the race spokesman, Peter Hutchinson, saying:

“That’s an amazing time, and they’re remarkably young – the boys are under 23 and Mike’s 20. That’s the youngest team we believe have ever won the senior doubles race.

“DW is a race that requires a lot of experience… for two guys so young… and to maintain that consistency over such a race is another indication this race is being taken more and more seriously every year.”

Held every year since 1948, the course is a little more challenging than that experienced by those hiring a canoe for trips in Chester on the River Dee for the weekend.

The race first takes in 52 miles of the Kennet and Avon Canal before changing to the River Thames at Reading. It is this final 17 miles on the tidal section of the Thames that really tests the spirit and stamina of the competitors.

With 611 canoeists and kayakers taking part in this year’s race, amounting to more than 330 boats, what is described as one of the world’s toughest endurance events looks set to continue its success for many years to come.