The Trent Loop Challenge Takes Off!

If you are thinking of taking on a challenge this National Go Canoeing Week, why not give our newest Challenge Route a go?!

Since the launch of  the Trent Loop Challenge, last August, we have had a great variety of paddlers taking it on.

Sue Walters kicked things off almost immediately by completing the route, on her own, in five hours. Sue even managed to stop and go to the shops on her journey!

Sian Sykes became the first person to get around the loop on a stand up paddleboard in October. Sian decided to go around the route in reverse and thoroughly enjoyed her time on the water.

In February this year three canoeists, who know each other through the Song of the Paddle website and forum, headed to Nottingham to conquer the route. They had a great day and knocked the fastest completion time down to four hours eighteen minutes.

A few other reports of completion times were sent to us but it has been in the last few months that stories have really started to flood in. With the first large group taking on the loop in March.

Slea Paddlers are always enthusiastic about completing our Challenge Routes. This year they have decided to get as many of their paddlers as possible to attempt all of our challenge routes throughout the year. The Trent Loop kicked off this ambition in style, with sixteen of them getting around in five hours forty-five minutes.

William Horsley and his son Cadey impressed us all last year when they completed the Three Lakes Challenge. This year they have completed their challenge route haul, along with Cadey’s friend Jack. At eleven and nine years respectively, Cadey and Jack are amongst the youngest people to complete our challenge rotues.

Competition for being top of the Challenge Leaderboard is really hotting up. Richard and Glyn Sainsbury are currently training to take on our Three Lakes Challenge this summer. Over the Easter break they decided to use the Trent Loop as a training exercise. Richard has been modifying their canoe in preparation for the big event and this gave them a chance to try it out.

The two brothers managed to knock a whopping one hour off the previous fastest completion time and, at time of going to press, the time to beat is three hours eighteen minutes.

The Trent Loop Challenge is not to be underestimated. It can be done as a leisurely day out on river and canal but with three portages and at almost fourteen miles in length (longer than we originally thought it was) it’s no mean feat!

Why not take on the Trent Loop Challenge yourself during National Go Canoeing Week? It’s a great day out on the water and you could raise money for our chosen charity, Cancer Research UK, at the same time.

To read our full paddlers stories and find out more about the Trent Loop Challenge visit our Challenge Route Pages.

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