DAVID SLARKS had a novel excuse for arriving more than two hours late for work one
DAVID SLARKS had a novel excuse for arriving more than two hours late for work one day — he was kayaking down the River Thames.
He raised £1,300 for charity by kayaking 10 miles from his home in Valley Close, Goring, to his office in Reading, where he is a procurement manager for Thames Water.
David, 63, set off at 7.40am and arrived at the company’s offices in Vastern Road, next to Reading Bridge, at 11.15am.
The trip was actually quicker than he had expected as conditions were calmer than forecast. He arrived at Pangbourne lock so early that the lock-keeper hadn’t started work and David had to carry his kayak around!
He says: “The Thames was like a mill pond for most of the way and I saw some wonderful wildlife. Kayaking is so quiet that you can almost glide alongside the geese and swans.”
The proceeds from his unusual commute will go to international water charity WaterAid and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Now David plans to organise a similar journey for his colleagues in three-man canoes, which he promises will be a “great team-building experience”. Good luck!