I met Chris and George when playing hockey for Hampstead and Westminster ‘Thirsts’ team. It may sound like ‘Firsts’ but that, I assure you, is where the similarity ends. I didn’t know much about them other than what position they played but recently got a message in my inbox asking would I like to sponsor them to paddle a kayak to France? Well, yes!
Not only did they make it across the Channel and raise a lot of money for charity but they also wrote a nice piece for my website. Here is Christopher Turner’s account of his recent adventure with George Armitage:
“Yeah, we made it! We managed to cross from Dover to Calais using a tandem kayak in 5 hrs 32 mins. We reckon that we went about 22 miles. We had to have an escort boat as this is a requirement, a very expensive requirement! Weather was great to start with but the nearer we got to France the worse the conditions became. Eventually we were submerged in thick fog with visibility of just a couple of hundred metres and we also experienced something close to Force 4 winds but that was quite manageable once we had a bit of experience under our belts.
We have been training for a number of months and our final piece was a rather gruelling 6 day paddle down the Thames, from close to its source, near Cricklade, to Tower Bridge. In total we covered about 140 miles and this was almost as hard as doing the Channel as our average daily mileage was the equivalent distance!
It was a great trip. It is expensive and required quite a lot of admin but it was a worthy challenge. I have had a lot of really positive responses from people which has made it even easier to raise money for our chosen charity, Prostate Cancer.”
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