Get Paddling For Go Canoeing Week 2014

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Go Canoeing, the Olympic legacy initiative from Canoe England, is inviting the nation to get paddling for National Go Canoeing Week 2014 which takes place from Saturday 24th May – Sunday 1st June.

The annual festival of canoe and kayaking gives the public a chance to pick up a paddle and discover what’s on offer at clubs and centres across the country, with the aim to get as many people out on the water as possible.

Nation encouraged to make Every Mile Count

Go Canoeing Week will try to get more people involved this year by introducing the new Every Mile Counts theme. The initiative encourages the nation to collectively paddle the distance around the UK coastline during the week, totalling 11,073 miles. Whether participants head down to their local centre for a Starter Session or Guided Tour, take part in one of the Challenge Routes or simply paddle on a stretch of water near them, all miles clocked will go towards the target.

At official Go Canoeing clubs and centres, participants of all ages and abilities will be offered a range of activities to get involved in, including Starter Sessions, Guided Tours and there will be Every Mile Counts Challenge Routes taking place at three idyllic locations in the UK – Lake Windermere, Rutland Water and the beautiful Portsmouth coastline – where participants can complete either a one or three-mile route.

Jenny Spencer, Go Canoeing Development Officer, said: “Canoeing is a hugely varied sport and our brand new Every Mile Counts Challenge Routes offer a great chance to pick up a paddle and challenge yourself on the water, while exploring some truly stunning locations.”