Monday, 23 July 2018

Canoeist’s 125-mile challenge

A MAN from Henley is bidding to paddle 125 miles across Britain for charity

A MAN from Henley is bidding to paddle 125 miles across Britain for charity tomorrow (Saturday).

Chris Bishop will set off from Devizes in Wiltshire with the aim of reaching Westminster Bridge within 28 hours.

He hopes to raise £100,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of his late father Derek, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2007.

Mr Bishop, 55, of Queen Close, displayed his canoe and greeted shoppers in the town centre on Saturday while explaining his challenge.

He raised about £250 through bucket collections with the help of members of Henley Canoe Club, which has been helping with his training. The club set up a paddling ergo and encouraged passers-by to have a go.

Mr Bishop intended to paddle as a pair with fitness instructor Chris Preston, who manages the Expert Fitness Studio in Bell Street, Henley.

However, Mr Preston, 43, had to pull out after tearing a shoulder tendon while the pair were competing in a warm-up race earlier this month.

Mr Bishop injured an Achilles tendon but can still take part after seeking treatment from an osteopath.

The organisers of the 68th annual Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race have now paired him up with Alan Bannatyne, from Bourne End, near Marlow.

Mr Bishop said: “I’m still confident about the race. Life is full of setbacks and you have to crack on with it.”

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