Thursday, 16 August 2012


Unfortunately the charity has asked that the challenge be postponed as Just Giving and various other elements of the raising the profile of the charity are not going to be in place for the challenge.
New date April 2013. Apologies to those who were looking forward to the challenge.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

2nd Lesson

Well, that wasn't too bad tonight, felt more at one with the canoe, got alot of priceless advice from members of the club and Keith is going to put a mention of the challenge and the charity on their web site.

Im going to go twice a week now as I need to get some hours in the canoe, as eight to ten hours canoeing a day is going to take some preparation for.

I learnt tonight that quite a few people fail this challenge with sprained wrists and pulled tendons and muscles, not good as my back and left wrist have been causing me  pain lately,  though thats more work related.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

First Lesson

Well that's the first canoeing lesson over, I must have done about two miles maximum and my hands, thighs and shoulders are aching already....
It has made me realise that I need more hours on the water, there is alot more to it than I imagined like, foot pegs, knee braces and getting in and out of the canoe on your own is very tricky.
But, I enjoyed every minute of it, roll on 1st September...

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Weh hey, Got a canoe, Liverpool Canoe Club kindly have agreed to loan me a canoe with accessories to do the challenge.....Thank you so much

They have also agreed to teach me how to canoe, one to one lesson with Ste next Tuesday to get used to canoe.

Canoeing from Leeds to Liverpool for the dswestpennine Charity on the 1/9/2012

Following the recent Olympic torch event at The Trafford Centre, I came across a fantastic charity based in Manchester, in need of monies and profile raising. This charity is dswestpennine charity.
So, I planned to do this challenge a few years ago but with one thing and another it didn't happen and as I would really like to conquer this challenge, it's game on !!
I have nearly secured a canoe today from Liverpool Canoe Club and am now looking for possible sponsors
The canal is 127miles long with 91 locks.. The canoe will have to be lifted out at each lock and sleeping will be in the nearest field or in the canoe ;)
I am looking for ways of raising monies as the charity doesn't use Just Giving, please contact me if you have any ideas, as £500 would be great to raise for this charity...

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

New Challenge

Unfortunately the rowing challenge has been cancelled as the other person pulling out and the sale of Zuma fell through, however, a new challenge has appeared, Single handed across the Atlantic,, I feel this can happen as Im constantly thinking about it and early stages of planning is going very well.

I've always looked at this and admired the people who do it, never ever would I of thought I'd be contemplating this, never mind planning it.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Olympic torch

A massive thank you to all who nominated me to carry the torch and have supported and followed the challenge, it was an amazing experience and your kind words will never be forgotten,, see you at the party tonight if you're going !! Thank you

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Saturday 17th March

Finally next challenge in the planning.

Rowing around Great Britain, May 2013. Training starts May 2012.

Watch this space, updates to follow ..... weh hey :)))

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


I have noticed that the hits to the the blog have shot up, if anyone is taking on this task in 2012, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help in any way. Good luck, you will love every minute of it, I miss the trip so much, I now fancy going around clockwise, mmmmmmmmm