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Challenge Routes

Looking for a new challenge? Something to plan and prepare for? Perhaps you'd like to raise money for charity, or simply try something new and different? Great, our Go Canoeing Challenge Routes are sure to inspire you and bring out the adventurer in you!

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Overview

Challenge Routes are nationally recognised journeys on waterways that we have carefully selected to provide you with unique challenges. They are designed for you to plan and complete in your own time, in your boat of choice and at your own pace.

A competitive edge

We’re a competitive bunch here at British Canoeing so to make things more interesting, anyone that completes one of our Challenge Routes can submit their completion time to us. We will recognise your efforts by sending you a certificate and displaying your time on our national leaderboards (if you chose this option at registration).

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The Routes

Our Challenge Routes are aimed at those who have existing canoeing experience. However some of the shorter Challenge Routes could be an ideal goal for someone new to the sport to train and prepare for.

When choosing the best challenge route for you, it is important to be confident of your canoeing ability and experience. Be sure to select a route which is challenging yet achievable without putting yourself or others at unnecessary risk. We are planning to introduce more Challenge Routes in the future, so there will always be a new challenge on the horizon for you.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the routes, decide which one is appropriate for your ability and inspires you the most…then take on the challenge by planning your adventure!

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Disability information

Due to the nature of our sport challenge activities can be more or less accessible depending on water levels and other environmental factors. We are working towards gathering more information about accessibility of our activities.

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Leaderboards

Here you can view our current leaderboards with the paddle times of all paddlers who have completed our challenge routes. To read the individual stories of our intrepid paddlers just click on their names in the tables.

Trent Loop Challenge Leaderboard

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

Quentin De Nottingham (SOTP)

4th February 2017

4hrs 18mins

Paddled in open canoes.

Andrew Brown - with a Uniformed Group

5th March 2016

4hrs 56mins

Sue Walters

14th August 2016

5 hours

First person to officially complete the Trent Loop Challenge route!

Chris and Christine Eves

10th October 2016

5 hours

Sian Skyes

31st October 2016

5 hours

First person to complete the Trent Loop on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Loch Awe Leaderboard

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

Craig Duff and Steph Roberts

18th August 2016

3hrs 38mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge in 24hrs

Nick and Dave Watt

1st November 2015

4hrs 41mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Milton Keynes Canoe Club

30th April 2016

5hrs 15mins

Part of the 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Glyn Watkins, David Watkins, Reg Simpson, Russ Rawlinson, Chris Sandiford

3rd September 2016

5hrs 15mins

Peninsula Canoe Club

4th July 2015

5hrs 24mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Team HC

1st May 2016

5hrs 32 mins

Part of 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24 hours

Steve and Julie Watt

1st November 2015

5hrs 40mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Graham Wells

23rd May 2015

5hrs 43mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

The Dowson Family

23rd May 2015

6hrs 30mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Joseph Rosenfeld

August 2015

7hrs 24mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

William and Caden Horsley

27th-28th August 2016

7hrs 53mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge. Camped on an island overnight.

Andrew Tween, Scott Rogers and Tim Hale

14th October 2016

8hrs 45mins

Kate Sharples, Barbara Broderick and Ruth

25th May 2015

9hrs

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Roger Chandler

2nd October 2016

9hrs 40mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Shropshire Paddlesport

19th August 2015

10hrs

Part of 3 Lakes AND 3 Peaks Challenge

Sian Sykes

15th May 2016

10hrs

First person to complete the 3 Lakes Challenge on an SUP

Leam Boat Centre - Children and Adults

25th Sept 2016

12hrs 16mins

Did the trip over 2 days, staying on an island on the lake in between. Part of complete 3 Lakes Challenge.

Peter Roscoe

16th May 2015

tbc

Did a full circuit of the lake (85kms) over 3 days

Brian and Harrison Wardell

29th May 2016

12hrs 5mins

Completed over two days as part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) Leaderboard

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

Craig Duff and Steph Roberts

19th August 2016

57mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge in 24hrs

Steve and Julie Watt

31st October 2015

1hr 26mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Team HC

1st May 2016

1hr 27mins

Part of 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Nick and Dave Watt

1st November 2015

1hr 29mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Peninsula Canoe Club

4th July 2015

1hr 38mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

David Andrews

3rd July 2016

1hr 46mins

Graham Wells

25th May 2015

1hr 57mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Milton Keynes Canoe Club

30th April 2016

1hr 57mins

Part of the 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Patrick and Stephanie Wallace

6th June 2016

2hrs 2mins

Peter Roscoe, Paula Sharples & Alan Blackburn

2nd April 2015

2hrs 8mins

A full circuit of the lake (13.4kms)

Geoff and Jane Blease

2nd November 2015

2hrs 10mins

Brian and Harrison Wardell

2nd October 2016

2hrs 15mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge.

John Salt

25th May 2016

2hrs 20mins

Nathan Parry

1st October 2016

2hrs 21mins

William, Caden and Oliver Horsley

13th August 2016

2hrs 30mins

Part of the complete Three Lakes Challenge

Shropshire Paddlesport

22nd August 2015

2hrs 30mins

Part of the 3 Lakes AND 3 Peaks Challenge

The Dowson Family

18th March 2015

2hrs 30mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Roger Chandler

30th September 2016 

2hrs 30mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Joseph Rosenfeld

August 2015

2hrs 49mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Sian Sykes

13th May 2016

3hrs

First person to complete the 3 Lakes Challenge on an SUP

Elaine Nunns

18th June 2016

3hrs

David Manners and Phil Donaghue

26th October 2016

3 hrs

Completed on stand up paddle boards

Gav, Shell, Lucy, Amy & Tom Grayston

14th September 2014

3hrs 44mins

A family effort with a picnic stop

Leam Boat Centre - Children and Adults

21st Sept 2016

4hrs

Stopped for lunch half way. Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Neil Teare with Ian, Georgia & Daniel Nichols

27th August 2015

4hrs 20mins

A family effort.

Kate Sharples, Barbara Broderick and Ruth

23rd May 2015

tbc

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Lake Windermere

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

Craig Duff and Steph Roberts

19th August 2016

1hr 41mins

Part of 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Nick and Dave Watt

1st November 2015

2hrs 1min

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Peninsula Canoe Club

4th July 2015

2hrs 20mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Elaine Nunns

30th July 2016

2hrs 23mins

Steve and Julie Watt

1st November 2015

2hrs 32mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Milton Keynes Canoe Club

30th April 2016

2hrs 40mins

Part of the Three Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Joseph Rosenfeld

August 2015

2hrs 41mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Graham Wells

24th May 2015

2hrs 50mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Slea Paddlers (Dane Butler, Richard Aden, Barry Mair, Patricia Matthews, Brian Wardell, Harrison Wardell, Eve Russell, Amy Callaby)

9th April 2016

2hrs 50mins

Patrick and Stephanie Wallace

18th June 2016

3hrs 16mins

William, Caden and Oliver Horsley

7th April 2016

3hrs 29mins

First to complete the lake in 2016

Team HC

1st May 2016

3hrs 30mins

Part of the 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

The Dowson Family

10th October 2015

3hrs 51mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Sian Sykes

14th May 2016

4hrs

First person to complete the 3 Lakes Challenge on an SUP

Roger Chandler

1st October 2016

4hrs 12mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Shropshire Paddlesport

16th August 2016

4hrs 15mins

Part of 3 Lakes AND 3 Peaks Challenge

Brian and Harrison Wardell

9th April 2016

4hrs 23mins

Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Kate Sharples, Barbara Broderick and Ruth

24th May 2015

5hrs

Followed shoreline

Paula Sharples and Alan Blackburn

24th January 2015

5hrs 15mins

Extended route by also paddling back

Leam Boat Centre - Children and Adults

22nd Sept 2016

6hrs 35mins

Stopped to explore the islands en route. Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge.

Complete Three Lakes Challenge

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

Craig Duff and Steph Roberts

18th-19th August 2016

6hrs 16mins

Completed within 24hrs

Nick and Dave Watt

1st November 2015

8hrs 11mins

Completed within 24hrs. 

Peninsula Canoe Club

4th July 2015

9hrs 22mins

First completion in under 24hrs. Total time of 20hrs 3mins with travel.

Steve and Julie Watt

1st November 2015

9hrs 38mins

Completed in under 24hrs. Total time of 22hrs 1mins with travel.

Milton Keynes Canoe Club (Jez Young, Adam Dunmur, Andrew Jeffs, Max McCaffrey, Paul Jeffs, George Fountaine)

30th April 2016

9hrs 52mins

Completed in under 24 hrs. Total time of 21hrs, 2mins, 46 secs total!

Team HC

(Kelvin Hurlock, Chris Barton, Jamie Barton)

1st May 2016

10hrs 29mins

Completed challenge in under 24 hours

Graham Wells

23rd-25th May 2015

10hrs 30mins

First individual completion of all three lakes

The Dowson Family

18th March - 10th Oct 2015

12hrs 51mins

Joseph Rosenfeld

August 2015

12hrs 54mins

Joseph was 14yrs old when he completed the challenge for charity.

William and Caden Horsley

7th April - 28th August 2016

13hrs 52mins

Father and son completed the challenge.Caden, at 10yrs old, is the youngest person to complete the full 3 Lakes Challenge.

Roger Chandler

30th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016

16hrs 22mins

Completed the Three Lakes on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Shropshire Paddlesport (Caroline, Phil& Tim Bevan, Sian & Bill Norris)

August 2015

16hrs 45mins

Completed the 3 Lakes AND 3 Peaks Challenges in one week.

Sian Sykes

13-15th May 2016

17 hours

First completion on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Brian and Harrison Wardell

2nd October 2016

18hrs 43mins

Father and son. Completed the challenge with their club; The Slea Paddlers

Leam Boat Centre - Bethany Ellis, Francis Fowler, George, Elliot and Edward Parry, Edward H, Jenna Saunders, Libby Robison, Mark Ellis

21st-25th Sept 2016

22hrs 51mins

Group of home educated children aged 10-14yrs and their coaches.

Kate Sharples, Barbara Broderick and Ruth

23rd-25th May 2015

tbc

First group completion