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Trent Loop Challenge Route

Take on a testing journey, of over 13 miles, on the River Trent and the Nottingham and Beeston Canal!

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Why The Trent Loop Challenge?

Nottingham is not only home to the headquarters of British Canoeing, its waterways also give a fascinating glimpse of the the rich heritage of the city.

Nottingham was named the 'Home of English Sport' by Visit England in 2015 and this certainly reflects its rich sporting background. On your route you will be able to spot the both Nottingham Forest and Notts County's football grounds, as well as the legendary Trent Bridge cricket ground. Not forgetting the National Water Sports Centre, where some of the country's top paddlesport athletes train.

The real beauty of this route is the diversity of landscape. It takes you from the busy and yet peaceful countryside around Holme Pierrepont, out to the heart of Nottingham. From here the route along the Nottingham and Beeston Canal will show you some of the oldest and best known landmarks of Nottingham's past and present industry before you turn at Beeston, back to the beautiful scenery along the River Trent.

Don't be fooled however, this is no gentle paddle. Its length and portages mean that a good level of paddling fitness is required before embarking.

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Register Your Challenge!

Once you have ventured out and completed the Trent Loop Challenge Route we’d love to hear from you about your experience. You can do this by registering your challenge with us. In return we will recognise your efforts by sending you a certificate and entering your time on the national leaderboard.

Click here to register your Trent Loop Challenge details.

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Below is a full list of all those who have completed the challenge and registered their results with us. The list is in time order, with the fastest completion time at the top of the leaderboard.

Name of People/Person/Club Date of Paddle Time Achieved Notes

Shaune Walsh

12th June 2017 1hr 42mins

Craig Duff and Cadi Lambert

30th May 2017 2hrs 13mins

Allistair Swinsco and Alison Rennie

2nd August 2018 3hrs 3mins Completed on SUP's

Richard Sainsbury and Glyn Sainsbury

17th April 2017 3hrs 18mins

Chris Moore, Ilona Ulme and Kaysee the dog.

30th September 2017 3hrs 30mins

Stacey Smithson, Kevin Last and Jonathan Herbert

12th May 2018 3hrs 30mins Completed on SUP's

Lynsey Blackburn and Georgina Scoular

17th July 2018 3hrs 41mins

Vicky Nield and Richard Taylor

1st June 2017 3hrs 57mins

Elaine Nunns

18th May 2018 4hrs

Quentin De Nottingham

4th February 2017 4hrs 18mins Completed in open canoes

Vince, Connor and Morgann McKeown

2nd July 2017 4hrs 42mins

William Horsley, Caden Horsley and Jack Lowe

15th April 2017 4hrs 55mins

Andrew Brown

5th March 2016 4hrs 56mins

Sue Walters

14th August 2016 5hrs

Chris and Christine Eves

10th October 2016 5hrs

Sian Sykes

31st October 2016 5hrs First person to complete the loop on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Dane Butler, Barry Mair, Patricia Matthews, Richard Arden, Steve Callaby, Kevin Matthews, Miriam Holden, Jon Hird, Paul Pattinson, Amanda Huckle, Brian Wardell, Robert Huckle, Daniel Marsh, William Hillaby, Ryan Tittershill, Matthew Huckle

19th March 2017 5hrs 45mins

Slea Paddlers

16th Sept 2018 6hrs 39mins Completed on stand up paddleboards as a way of testing out the new club craft over a challenging distance

The JAMM family

26th July 2018 7hrs

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