Leeds rowers aim to make a splash

The team rowing the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
The team rowing the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
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Eight men are preparing to kayak the entire Leeds to Liverpool canal to raise money for charity.

The men, mostly from Guiseley and members of Aireborough Rugby Club and aged in their late 30s to early 40s, hope to complete the 127 miles in three days. The canal is the longest in the north of England and passes through 91 locks.

The challenge is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that a couple of them have come into contact with in the past.

Dom Cannon, Craig Mcloughlin, Paul Colclough, Matt Fountain, Mike Neild, Sion Thomas, Martin Booth, Chris Illingworth will set off from Merseyside in the four, two-person sea kayaks on Friday and aim to each Leeds on Sunday evening. They will be paddling all day, as well as negotiating the locks.

Dom said: “All of us have done physical challenges in the past, and have survived to tell the tale. But this is on an entirely different scale. If we were all in one big boat or were able to paddle in shifts, we could probably nurse ourselves through. However, because there will be only two of us in each kayak, and with only three days, there really will be nowhere to hide.”

The men have so far raised almost £5,000 and hope to exceed this by the time they are back on dry land.

Anyone wishing to support the challenge can make an online donation at www.justgiving.com/canoefourcancer

Jess Carmichael.

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