National Go Canoeing Week 2016 - And You're Off!

National Go Canoeing Week is now well under way and you are really doing us proud by really getting into it and clocking up your miles! We are enjoying reading about all the different ways you are having fun on the water and seeing the miles for the week starting to add up. We wanted to share some of your stories, to inspire those of you who haven’t yet made your mind up on how to join the journey.

Sebastian Soyke kicked off the week for us by logging a 6 mile paddle in his sea kayak. He was closely followed by Jonathan Baker, who has already been out on two paddles and clocked up 18 miles - as well as fitting in a pub lunch mid-canoeing!

This weekend has also seen lots of youngsters taking part in the super tough 100 mile canoe test. The 100 mile test is a personal challenge which is undertaken over a period of four days.The event is for groups of young people and leaders who are members of a club affiliated to Scouting, Ambition or British Canoeing. Some of those taking part have been registering their miles each day and we can’t wait to see their final totals come in.

"Great experience with Entrust on the Shugborough loop!"

Smith Team

We have also had some slightly different ways of miles being clocked up; such as Tobias Booth who registered 3 miles from practising his race starts.

It is good to hear from first time paddlers; such as Anisha Ilyas who paddled an impressive 7 miles in her first time in a kayak. Anisha loved the experience, as did Sophie Tanner who swapped her usual sea kayak for a Canadian canoe for her 12 mile paddle.

"My first time canoeing. Loved it absolutely. Helped Daddy paddle and then Mummy. Daddy was good, Mummy kept crashing into the bank. Then I went back into Daddy's canoe. And we saw a swan on a big nest with two ducklings on her back."

Anya Story, Age 5yrs

Quentin Paddles in Leicestershire have really gone all out to make it a fun weekend of canoeing. Twenty of them went on a weekend trip and clocked up a fantastic 341 miles. Not only that but they also found the time to have a cardboard canoe competition! They crafted their craft from old bike boxes before testing their buoyancy and paddleability...with some pretty funny results! You can read all about their weekend and see some great photographs here.

"Axe vale canoe club trip. Sea paddle from Hope cove to Salcombe and return. Great trip even saw a seal!"

Graham Baker

These are just a few of the wonderful stories we have had in so far and we are looking forward to hearing from lots more of you. To find an event or paddling location near you just visit the Take Part page.

If you have already paddled your miles but not got round to registering them yet you can do so here. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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