Huge congrats to Michael Yeomans and Morgan Serpell who finished the awesome 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race in 20 hours! 24th out of 149 in Finlay’s Friends colours. An amazing way to spend the Easter weekend! Brilliant effort and massive thanks to Michael and Morgan for supporting FF too
The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The race has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948.
The race is 125 miles long and has 77 portages. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames.
The race is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning which produces a memorable sense of achievement for those successfully completing it.
This year Morgan Serpell and Michael Yeomans (In Senior K2 boat number 332) are competing in the non stop event- and aim to raise awareness of Finlay’s Friends invaluable work - in providing Comfort Kits to families of seriously ill children admitted to hospital in an emergency, as well as additional support including useful information for the hospital stay, emotional support contacts, resources for the hospital family room.