The West Coast Challenge

Last Tuesday Bruce Jolliffe came to Tower Hamlets Canoe Club to talk about his challenge to raise money for 3 charities, I thought it may be of interest to people visiting my blog, and perhaps you can help!
by donating, support or just following his progress via his blog or facebook.
For more details see below.
http://westcoastkayakchallenge.co.uk
On March 7th 2011, Bruce Jolliffe will attempt to kayak from Largs on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The route will have to navigate around several of the most exposed headlands and some serious open crossings on the fringe of the North Atlantic, paddling his way across the unforgiving tidal waters of the West of Scotland during the vernal equinox. The route contains several well known tide races that make this arguably one of the most serious stretches of coast in the UK.

Bruce, an experienced kayaker of 24 years, will spend at least 3 weeks and 313 grueling miles in the harshest conditions at the tail end of the Scottish winter, when daylight hours are limited and the sea is at its annual coldest temperatures making immersion no option at all.

“There’s no doubt that this is a serious undertaking at any time of year and a winter passage is something not to be taken lightly”, explains Bruce. “I live on the west coast, so I know what the weather can throw at you and how it can kick the sea right up in no time at all. This is going to be the coldest, toughest, longest paddling trip I’ve ever done. I think I’m as prepared as anyone could be, but you’d best ask me that again in April.”

Bruce is an active kayaking coach holding Aspirant Level 5 Kayak Coach (WW), Level 4 Sea Kayak Coach (in the BCU Coaching Scheme). Inspired by the memory of his close friend Andy from Stornoway who passed away at 33 from bone cancer, Bruce took the daft notion of kayaking from his home to Andy’s in the Hebrides.

“This challenge was originally just a pipe dream, but with the route planned, training underway and donations coming in; it’s all become very real”, says Bruce.

Bruce is trying to raise £10,000 for charities close to his heart, The Royal Marsden Hospital, The Beatson Oncology Fund and The RNLI.

You can follow Bruce’s training and progress online, and send Bruce a message of support, ask questions and even make a donation. During the expedition you’ll be able to follow his journey live, on an interactive map with updates around the clock.

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