Leeds man makes a splash in kayak challenge

Joe Murphy during his kayak challenge.
Joe Murphy during his kayak challenge.
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A BRAVE kayaking enthusiast has made a splash after raising hundreds of pounds for a children’s cancer charity by travelling the length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Joe Murphy, 24, from Leeds, kayaked along the exhausting 127-mile route in five days, dealing with 90 locks and paddling under 220 bridges along the way.

Joe, who works as a location planner, took on the challenge to raise money for Candlelighter’s, which is based at the Leeds General Infirmary.

He said: “In March, I decided to buy a kayak and have been training up to 30 miles a day.”

Speaking about his challenge, he said: “It was amazing. I got caught up in the bad weather from Hurricane Bertha, which was pretty tough, but it was a great experience.”

Joe finished the gruelling journey at the Doubletree at Hilton in Leeds, where his friends, colleagues and supporters were waiting for him.

So far, Joe has raised over £830, and his company GMAP, which is part of Callcredit Information Group, is adding another £500 to the total.

Mum Sarah Murphy, who cycled alongside her son for some of the route, said: “I am incredibly proud of him. He has got so much determination, and for a young person to be doing something like this, it’s tremendous.”

She added: “We’d like to thank our family for all their support.”

To sponsor Joe, visit www.justgiving.com/KayakJoe.

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