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Fenwick Ridley: SUP (and swim) river missions for charity – Kielder to Quayside mission complete!

If you haven’t come across Fenwick Mark Ridley then he’s a determined type who likes a challenge, as can be seen from what he gets up to fun, but all in the name of charity. Fenwick loves a bit of wild swimming but for a reason. And not placid water either, as can be seen from updates on his YouTube channel. Nope, Fenwick prefers it when there’s flow to really test his mettle.

The bearded fella also indulges in a bit of SUP. We say ‘a bit’ as paddling source to sea – Kielder (Hexham) to Quayside (Newcastl-upon-Tyne) is a little more than that. It’s 52.6m according to Google maps. From Mark’s Facebook updates we can work out that parts of the route are quite challenging – even on a McConks 14′ stand up paddle board. But as we’ve already said he’s a determined chap. Suffice to say he managed the feat and topped out at Newburn Bridge yesterday (Sept 2, 2020), even having had an equipment malfunction (snapped paddle) towards the end of his run.

It’s still an awesome achievement, however, and we salute you wholeheartedly Fenwick. For donations and further details head over to Fenwick’s Just Giving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fenwickridley?fbclid=IwAR3cf-RJbrcc7_Pv4563pBjccdmmveH8LiwNQnntDfyyc5CVIBI42DdsCg4

Stay tuned for more adventures from the man himself…

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Carolyn Smith’s BIG SUP challenge – Barford to Boston, Lincolnshire: 32 miles with Yellowbelly SUP School.

Those unfamiliar with Carolyn Smith should take note. ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way‘ definitely rings true as far as this strong lady’s concerned. Carolyn lives with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which affects her ‘body’s glue’ as Carolyn puts it. In short Carolyn says it makes her body act ‘like useless wet tissue paper where even a sneeze could cause serious harm‘. But that hasn’t stopped Carolyn from taking up stand up paddle boarding, under the watchful eye of Yellowbelly SUP school’s Phil May from Boston, Lincolnshire.

Having found her calling initially with hiking and rambling Carolyn has since switched most of her attention to stand up paddle boarding and can be found afloat whenever there’s opportunity. She can be found putting in the miles on the River Witham. But it’s not just social paddling as each session is now training…

On September 26, 2020, Carolyn and Phil will be aiming to paddle 32 miles from Brayford to Boston, Lincolnshire, to raise money for four different charities: RNLI, Calm, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Annabelle’s Challenge for Vascular Eds. For someone in the position Carolyn finds herself this a big undertaking but we have it on good authority everything’s been going well and she’s looking forward to the day in question.

Here at McConks we’d like to extend a huge good luck to Carolyn. If you’d like to donate then please do so via this link – https://www.justgiving.com/team/yellowbellySUPers?fbclid=IwAR2KVwEG4X0ETHwVs9I942JfP1Vb6nd5pubNp7cfMCYaBMrm6aa5zJMUsZc

You can also find out more about Carolyn’s adventures via here FB page – https://www.facebook.com/ramblingsofabrokenhiker