Liz & Jill from Cumbria
The world-renowned Devizes to Westminster International canoe race is one of the most demanding non-stop paddling events in the world. The 125-mile race starts on the Kennet and Avon canal at Devizes before joining the river Thames at Reading and finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London. The event takes around 24 hours to complete.
Why are they doing it?
Liz & Jill raised funds for Bendrigg Trust - a Cumbrian Outdoor Centre. It runs courses and holidays for disabled and disadvantaged people. It has recently started a new project, ‘Spirit of Adventure’ which offers disabled adults the chance to take part in adventures that able bodied people take for granted. Last year they ran several, week long canoe and camping trips and they have more planned.
What training was involved?
A paddle early before work, three times a week either on the local canal or reservoir and then a longer 15-20-mile paddle once a week. They also tried to fit in a paddle of around 35 miles once a month. Staying warm was definitely the biggest challenge.
How did Healthspan help?
Liz takes Ginger & Turmeric tablets as well as Optiflex Glucosamine 1000mg.