Canoe Believe it...

Ok, Ok, Ok, nothing to do with windsurfing or even paddleboarding, but a paddle is involved. A couple of mates from down here have decided to get in a plastic canoe and paddle 300 miles from Leeds to London in 10 days, they started today. I don't even know if they have been training, or got any other clothes than boardies and flipflops... But the essence is they want to raise plenty of money for Cystic Fibrosis.

This is the official press tag and where you can drop some of your earnings to support their cause, you can also follow on twitter, search canoebelieveit

Two tenacious lads from Dorset have got a bee in their bonnets, and that bee is heading off the beaten track to paddle their kayak 300 miles along our historic canal network from Leeds to London in just 10 days. But this is not just a flight of fancy merely for the banter; their valiant efforts will be raising money for a cause close to their hearts, Cystic Fibrosis. Spurred on by the tenacity of youth and blind, unjustified optimism, Rupert and Fred will be embarking from Victoria Bridge in Leeds on Wednesday 17th August, where they will venture South, paddling their unwilling arms off until they reach the Thames at London on Saturday 27th August (2011!). Their 300 mile journey will snake them through the beautiful British waterways linking the cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Milton Keynes to name but a few, prior to a well earned ale in The Big Smoke. However, their challenge isn't as straight forward as it seems, for they will be travelling totally unassisted; sleeping under the stars, taking it in turns to cook noodles in fields, not to mention having to try and get along with one another. Furthermore, they will be carrying all of their equipment along the route and will have to hurl their fully laden kayak over more than 180 locks, all the while surviving attacks from the ferocious wildlife of mallards, moorhens, and the occasional water vole. These boys are by no means athletes. With just 8 weeks of training to prepare them, they have a lot of hard work ahead. So with their sleeves rolled up and stiff upper lips at the ready, any remaining caution has been tossed out of the window (or perhaps on the shelf for later), all in the name of a great cause... For Rupert and Fred, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis has personal meaning; their good friend Hannah died of the disease on Wednesday 20th February 2002, aged only 17. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening and incurable inherited diseases. For a sufferer of CF, a faulty gene results in the internal organs becoming clogged, leading to infections and inflammation making it hard to breathe and digest food. Each week, five babies are born with CF and two young lives are lost to the disease. Only half of those living with CF are likely to live past their late 30s. For most of us good health is a given, a birthright that goes unnoticed and uncelebrated. We are lucky enough to live our lives by our own free will, where our decisions are not pre-determined by a debilitating condition or disease. All monies raised from this event will be going to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Your generous donations will help fund research into effective treatments and providing daily support for CF sufferers. Thank you for reading this far! Our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page is detailed below. Please give what you can, we have big ambitions and only you can make them happen.