Angus nears finish line in epic kayak trip

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A teenager from Aynho has nearly finished kayaking 1,000km from Wales to Inverness to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Angus Leigh, 19, set off on his epic challenge from Cardiff on June 24 and has battled with the elements to travel along the Welsh coast towards Scotland.

Despite the tail end of ex-hurricane Bertha playing a part in delaying Mr Leigh’s finish, he is still aiming to kayak the remaining distance from Oban to Fort William this week before travelling up the Caledonian Canal to reach Inverness.

Mr Leigh, who is in a gap year and hopes to study ocean science at university, said: “It has been a great trip. Obviously it has been hard work but I have had brilliant support from the RNLI and from people I have met while travelling, who have either told me the best routes to take or offered me food.

“My shoulders have been aching with all the paddling I have done, and I will miss it when I’ve finished, but I will enjoy having a welcome break!”

The former Blessed George Napier School pupil travelled from Wales and through the Menai Straits before taking the northern coast towards Fort William. He also said his route depended a lot on the weather, which included checking the wind and tide levels.

He said: “There have been days where I could not go out to kayak because the tides were in the wrong direction. I went through the Llyn Penisula at the tip of Wales which was dangerous because the sea was reading seven to eight knots.”

Mr Leigh has easily surpassed his target of £1,000, with friends, family and supporters helping him reach £3,000. He also hopes to plan similar kayak journeys in the future.

He said: “I’d like to thank my family and everyone who has helped. My mum has been great trying to find me accommodation during the trip.”