Devizes to Westminster 2015

Dauntsey’s crews have been competing in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon for more than 40 years. This event, famously known as the 'Canoeists’ Everest' is one of the UK’s hardest endurance races in which competitors paddle the 125 miles from Devizes Wharf to Westminster Bridge and portage all 77 locks and weirs in between.

Run every Easter weekend, crews set off from Devizes early on Good Friday morning, paddling eastwards towards Westminster along the Kennet and Avon canal, before joining the Thames at Reading. The teams of two paddle marathon kayaks and camp overnight at Newbury, Marlow and Teddington, before finishing the last 17 miles on Easter Monday morning with the outgoing tide. The paddlers race against teams from many British schools and competitors around the world. For all those who take part, it is a highlight of their School career.

Once again, nine crews from Dauntsey’s set off from Devizes Wharf on Good Friday to compete in a race that tested everyone’s resolve with a mixture of conditions – rain, sunshine, and strong headwinds making day two particularly tough. All the crews were pushed to their limits. With a very early start, in darkness, on the last day they were all delighted to reach Westminster in the sunshine, to successfully complete the race.

Many congratulations to all the Dauntsey’s crews. This year the Dauntsey’s team finished 8th overall with some very commendable times.

Results were as follows:

  • 103 Green Torran / Young William Dauntsey's school 20:33:35 11th
  • 132 Tinker Catherine / Sheppy Alex Devizes CC 21:29:31 22nd
  • 133 Newman Rebecca / Sampson Holly Devizes CC 23:35:18 44th
  • 104 Gurney Joe / Pritchard Millie Dauntsey's school 23:47:14 46th
  • 106 Nixon Matthew / Paton Charlotte Dauntsey's school 24:10:04 50th
  • 101 Barnes Oliver / Harding William Dauntsey's school 24:49:13 61st
  • 102 Green George / McCormick Edward Dauntsey's school 25:15:36 65th
  • 107 Gibson Poppy / Willcock Freya Dauntsey's school 27:18:52 77th
  • 105 Lewis Molly / O'Kelly Katherine Dauntsey's school 28:00:43 78th

Finally, for all it was not just about the challenge but also about raising money for the School Charity – CALM (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement). So far, the team have exceeded their target and have raised over £7,000. Please follow the link below to view the team’s fundrasing page.

https://www.justgiving.com/dauntseys-dw