Pirates’ canal adventure

Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina are taking on the epic journey.
Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina are taking on the epic journey.
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A mother and her daughter are preparing for an epic adventure along England’s longest canal in a kayak.

Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina hope to inspire others to ‘live more adventurously’ by completing the 130 mile journey along the length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

The pair, from Horsforth, will be raising valuable funds for their chosen charity, The Jane Tomlinson appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities.

Addi and Athina will begin the challenge, which they hope to complete in six days, on Monday - camping along the way; rediscovering the historic journeys made by canal-boat people along the route in the 200 years since the canal opened.

Embarking from the Slavery Museum at Liverpool’s Albert Dock their voyage plans to encompass all that Addi and Athina love in life: sport, history, nature and adventure. Along with Bobby Bear and their inflatable kayak, Boaty McBoatface, they will be the ‘Pirates of the Canal’.

Addi said: “This is going to be an exciting adventure and we hope to inspire others in discovering the wonderful world of kayaking and exploring the endless fun the British canal offers. We can certainly use some company while we kayak. If you’re a cyclist, a runner, a nature lover, a kayakist, a dog walker, etc. please come say ‘hello’ to the Pirates.”

During their passage to the Royal Armouries the pair will enter and exit the water more than 100 times to negotiate locks and tunnels and to visit historic points of interest.

Dr Peter Maw, from the School of History at the University of Leeds, said: “Indeed, the aim to complete the journey from the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool to the Royal Armouries in Leeds in six days is roughly the same time frame that horse-pulled barges would have hoped to complete the same journey 200 years ago.”

To sponsor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/addiandathina