Despite suffering from hypothermia, a broken seat, illness and lots of aches and pains, they battled on to complete the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race in a time of 21hours 40minutes. This placed them 24th out of 80 in their Junior Doubles category.
They were also the fastest team that was entered from their school, which is a brilliant achievement considering they were a novice crew racing against many schools and clubs who do it as their full time sport. An impressive run and a great effort from these two 17 year olds.
This Easter, Hamish Lorimer and Henry Anthony will be taking part in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (DWICR) to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS. The DWICR is over four days and starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in Central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. This race has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948.
The race is 125 miles long and has 77 portages. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames.
The two 17 year olds will start the race on 3rd April, paddling about 35 miles for each of the first 3 days and camping overnight. Then, with just 17 miles left, they plan on leaving in the early hours of 6th April to reach Westminster for breakfast.
The race is a severe test of skill, stamina and planning and Hamish and Henry have been training hard. We wish these two aspiring Paratroopers all the very best, and extend our thanks for choosing to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.
If you would like to show your support, you can visit Hamish and Henry’s fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/HamishandHenry