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Canadian canoe challenge

Posted on July 31 2016 at 1:08:26


An Alvechurch man has helped raise more than £145,000 for Cancer Research UK by competing in the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race.

Dylan Lupton raced in one of the two eight-man teams representing his employers, Wolsley UK, in the 444-mile Yukon River Quest in Canada.
He was selected for the team after a fitness test on rowing and “ski erg” machines, before undergoing nine months of intensive training with workouts five or six days per week.


“You get some funny looks when you spend that much time on a row machine in a gym,” he remarks.

The teams then spent just two weekends together in Scotland prior to the race, learning how to handle the big Voyager canoes.

They completed the race in 60 hours over five days – and finished in 49th place out of 94 boats. “Which, for a bunch of canoe amateurs, is an achievement,” says Dylan.

“Although it was tough, as you would expect from a race that’s among the top 10 hardest endurance events in the world, it was an amazing experience which I would gladly do again like a shot.”

The teams far exceeded their original target of £100,000, but are still hoping to raise more – you can donate via their Virgin Money Giving page at

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