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24th Basingstoke Canal Challenge -The Results

This was held on the Basingstoke Canal on 27th September 2015, and 99 people took part.  They canoed over a course of 3, 6 or 8 miles in an endeavour toachieve a personal best time; to win and to be part of the team winning the Group trophy.

The Group trophy was won by the Hamble Sea Scouts beating previous winners 5th Gosport by 5 minutes.

There was a draw for ‘Paul’s Paddle’, for the fastest Warranted Scouter, between with Henry Taunton and Gerald Fenn of Hamble Sea Scouts with a time of 56 minutes for the 6 mile course.  As they were both in the same double kayak they will have to share the trophy!

We are very grateful to Jayne Lewis-Grey of Worting St. Thomas Scout group who organised and ran a table with drinks and cakes.  This added another £70 in donations to Accessible Boating.

On Sunday about £450 was raised for our nominated charity ‘Accessible Boating’.   This means that since 1998 we have raised over £11,100.

Every year the sponsorship money has been donated to the Boats for the Handicapped Association (now Accessible Boating.).  It was initially given to help with the building of the ‘MADAM BUTTERFLY’, a specially designed and fitted boat to help disabled people 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, and of course safe at all times.Basingstoke Canal 2015

Thank you all who took part, and we look forward to seeing you all (and more) at the 25th Challenge in 2016 – provisionally arranged for 25

Full details of the results are in the attached file.

Basingstoke Canal Challenge – Results 2015

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