The 2017 Canoe Challenge took place on Saturday 18th March a very wet and windy weekend. 32 brave participants took to the Lancaster canal to complete the Age UK Lancashire 25 miles Canoe Challenge, all to raise money to support vulnerable older people across Lancashire.
The challenge began at 8am from the Hand & Dagger pub in Preston with participants making their way up the canal through Garstang, finishing at the Waterwitch pub in Lancaster.
The route is 25 miles long and had designated checkpoints along the way, with volunteer support crew there to ensure everyone was safe and well.
The first two teams crossed the line in 6 hours 36 minutes. Everyone was welcomed home by the welcoming committee which included an Age UK Lancashire Trustee and members of the Age UK Lancashire Executive Management Team
The last canoe over the line finished in 9 hours 10 minutes.
The charity is hoping to raise over £4,500 from the day with the money being used to support unfunded services such as Information & Advice and Community Groups. In a tough time for the charity sector, fundraising is becoming increasingly more important meaning events such as the Canoe Challenge are vital for Age UK Lancashire
The Age UK Lancashire Canoe Challenge is an annual event growing in popularity as a physical challenge. Some of our teams complete the course by relaying, other two people teams attempt the whole course. We now have returning teams trying to beat previous personal time records.
If you are up for a challenge and want to take part or just want furter information about next years challenge or any fundraising opportunities or events Click here to email our fundraising team
Lovely weather for ducks and swans
Please enjoy the rest of our photos from the day
To our sponsors and supporters
This challenge wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteer Graham Wright who supplies the canoes and gives his time free of charge, and both the Hand & Dagger and Waterwitch pubs that were very welcoming and let us use their facilities. We would like to especially thank the team at the Waterwitch for providing each of the participants with a free chip barmcake at the end. It was definitely much appreciated by our very tired and hungry group. Also Tesco in Buckshaw Village for providing energy drinks for everyone. Not only does this event raise us a fantastic amount of money through sponsorship but it’s great to have the support from local organisations and volunteers.