Sunday, 19 September 2021

Canoeist pops in for lunch

THE father of the man who runs the Giggling Squid Thai restaurant in Henley will be arriving in the town

THE father of the man who runs the Giggling Squid Thai restaurant in Henley will be arriving in the town for lunch tomorrow — by canoe.

Tony Laurillard, 67, is on a trip to navigate the non-tidal reaches of the Thames above Lechlade in Gloucestershire and Richmond in Surrey, a distance of 145 miles.

He will be rough camping by the side of the towpath outside Henley tonight (Friday).

Mr Laurillard, whose son Andy opened the restaurant in Hart Street last year, is a retired merchant navy captain who spent 41 years at sea.

He took up canoeing after giving up ice climbing in northern Scotland at the age of 60 when his knees gave out.

A former member of the Taymar Trotters, the second largest athletics club in the country, he took up road racing in his early fifties and held club records in the 55 to 60 age group at all distances up to and including the half marathon.

“He’s mad,” said his son.

A former member of the Taymar Trotters, the second largest athletics club in the country, he took up road racing in his early fifties and held club records in the 55 to 60 age group at all distances up to and including the half marathon.

“He’s mad,” said his son.

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