Devizes to Westminster Training

This Sunday, fourteen of our Devizes to Westminster paddlers took part in the first Waterside race of the year, from Great Bedwyn to Newbury. The race involved a gruelling 13.5 miles and 21 portages where the crews need to carry their boats around a lock.

The weather was grey but a tailwind helped keep speeds up and the rain only came in short showers. The team’s support crews were also out for the first time and did much to lift the paddler’s spirits, as well as providing food and water.

It was also the first time the team had paddled with other competitors alongside them on the water. Many other schools including: Blundell’s; Marlborough College; Lords Wandsworth College and Kimbolton took part and we were joined for the first time by a crew from Eton. The GB squad was also out training and the other boats brought a new level of challenge, with crews to overtake or to be overtaken by.

All in all it gave everybody a good taste of what the Devizes to Westminster race over the Easter weekend will be like.

Sam Moore, Head of Adventure Education

Fundraising for ‘Malaria No More’

Our DW crews are raising money for this year’s School Charity, ‘Malaria No More’, and would really appreciate your support. If you would like to make a donation please select link to their Just Giving page below.