Leeds canal duo are back on dry land

Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina on their long-distance canal trip.

Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina on their long-distance canal trip.

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An intrepid family is now back on dry land after a 130-mile canal trip.

Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina, paddled the length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in an inflatable kayak called Boaty McBoatface.

The pair, from Horsforth, did it in aid of The Jane Tomlinson appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities. They’ve raised £1,391 so far.

Addi said: “We took seven days to complete the almost 130 miles instead of the six I had estimated.

“We completed the challenge on Sunday at 10pm. The delay was mainly due to the torrential rain and wind we had. The wind kept blowing us back to Liverpool during the first day, so we had to stop at 12 miles because we were simply paddling to stay on the spot.

“From day two to five it rained with no mercy. There was more water inside ‘boaty’ than on the canal.”

The mum said her daughter was too little to paddle the large distance but she was an essential element of the journey’s success.

Addi added: “She helped me take the boat in and out the water and to pull it on wheels when crossing the locks, tunnels and low bridges almost 100 times. She was the little voice reassuring me we can do this every time my hands ached or when I said ‘I feel cold and tired’. She didn’t complain once and I’d say she’s got the spirit of a true adventurer.

“Athina says when she’s old she will buy a narrow boat to live in on the weekends and she will adopt a swan, a frog, a dog, a cat and a sheep. She’s already asking me what our next adventure is going to be. I have an endless list of incredible things to do with her, so I told her not to worry as the best is yet to be.”