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28th Basingstoke Canal Challenge 2019 Results

The 28th Basingstoke Canal Challenge was held on 29th September 2019, and in spite of the very windy and rainy weather, 42 people took part from 6 different Scout groups.  They paddled over a course of 3, 6 or 8 miles in an endeavour to raise money for Accessible Boating, to achieve a personal best time, to win their class, and to be part of the team winning the Group trophy.

Canoes on the Basingstoke Canal

This year there is a slight change in that separate individual medals are being awarded for male and female paddlers. This will be the case going forward to recognise that Scouting is a totally inclusive organisation and that the Challenge is also open to the Guiding community. This is to encourage more female participation and to give girls and women the opportunity to compete against each other for medals, rather than competing against the boys!

The Group trophy was won by Worting St Thomas Scout Group.

‘Paul’s Paddle’, for the fastest Warranted Scouter, is awarded to Patrick Wilkins of Hamble Sea Scouts who managed to complete the 6 mile course in 58 minutes.

Including sponsorship (not all of which has been collected yet), entry fees and proceeds of the BBQ run by members of Basingstoke and Deane Canoes Club, the event has so far raised over £450 for our nominated charity, ‘Accessible Boating’.

Every year the sponsorship money has been donated to Accessible Boating (formerly known as the Boats for the Handicapped Association).  It was initially given to help with the building of the ‘MADAM BUTTERFLY’, a specially designed and fitted boat to help people with disabilities and their families holiday together.   Then came the ‘DAWN’, a day boat with the same aims.  Maintaining boats is a constant drain on their resources as they try to keep them comfortable, safe and sea-worthy.

Thank you all who took part, and apologies for the late notification on results, due to having a new and far less well organised “organiser”. We look forward to seeing you all (and more) at the 29th Basingstoke Canal Challenge in 2020 – provisionally arranged for Sunday 27th September 2020.

Full details of the results are in the attached file.

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