Mattie Morgan and David Burton from Bryanston Village took part in the annual Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend. The “DW” is the world’s longest non stop canoe race and is billed as one of the toughest endurance events of its kind. The course is run over 125 miles with 77 locks which have to be portaged and is paddled non stop.
The conditions this year were particularly tough, with the hot weather, no flow in the Thames and a strong headwind all the way into London. Many paddlers did not make it, but Mattie and David did manage to complete the course and finish at Westminster Bridge which they were absolutely delighted about. Their paddle time was about 35 hours, but because they had to wait for the Monday morning tide at Teddington their official time was around 44 hours 20 minutes.
The event is a huge team effort – not only for the crew, but the incredible support group too who followed them through the days and nights helping to keep them going.
Mattie and David are supporting two charities for their event – one local to Dorset, Teddy 20 and one International David Nott Foundationhttps://davidnottfoundation.com/
Both do incredible work to help people much less fortunate who need our help. If anyone would like to support their charities the link to their Virgin Money Giving site is: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidBurton34/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage
Every little helps, and Mattie and David are incredibly grateful for all the support received.