It took him 32 hours of non-stop paddling – apart from having to open 70 locks – but Harry Wallace’s epic journey from Wiltshire to Westminster raised more than £3,500 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
He followed the same route as the annual international canoe race from Devizes to Westminster. But the military reservist from Culworth says he wouldn’t have made it without his support crew, led by partner Lucky Jackson.
Harry, 36, a saddler and amateur jockey, was inspired to tackle the charity challenge because his friend Claire Lomas is an indefatigable fundraiser for the charity after breaking her back in a riding fall.
He bought a kayak on eBay and joined Banbury and District Canoe Club, who lent him a more suitable boat and helped him with his training.
Chairman Graham Warland said: “What Harry has achieved is remarkable.”
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