Edge & The London Kayakathon

Early on Sunday morning 25th April, as thousands of runners are warming up for the London Marathon, many keen kayakers were travelling across London to participate in the first ever London Kayakathon. Has London ever experienced so much Lycra and neoprene all in one day….probably not! 🙂

Out of a total of 50 participants, Edge managed to encourage a grand total of of 8 members as well as 1 member from neighbouring Chiswick along as part of our Team. Team members included Annette, Paul, Debs, Salesh, Graham, Terry, Albert, Bryan and Jason. What a fab representation of our club! Well done to all who participated- and I think I can speak for everyone in the team to say we really enjoyed the whole event!

Below is the press release write up of the whole event

London Kayakathon 2010

Yesterday saw the first London Kayakathon take place on the river Thames on the same day as the London Marathon.  Over 50 kayakers took part in the 26.2 mile kayaking event raining money for different charities.  The day was a complete success with everyone completing the distance in around four and a half hours.  The organisers plan to build on this success and develop the event for next year making it an annual event.  The group launched from The Shadwell Outdoor Centre and then made their way to the start line under Tower Bridge at 10 am.  They paddled under the bridge just as the elite athletes crossed above.  From Tower bridge they made there way through the city and up river to Chiswick Bridge where they turned around to paddle back to finish line back under Tower Bridge.  It was an amazing sight to see the colourful group paddle past the iconic landmarks of London.  There was a real buzz in the air with the helicopters in the skies above and the crowds lining the river bank through the city.  The Marathon spectators quickly worked out that the group of paddlers all in yellow bibs were completing a marathon in their kayaks and shouted support from bridges and the banks.  Simon Osborne the inspiration behind the Kayakathon is grateful for all of the support he has received from the local kayakers in London, The Shadwell Outdoor centre, the Port of London Authority and all of the paddlers that took part to make the event happen.

For more information visit www.londonkayakathon.com or watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJd8EhM5Pg.

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