Joseph Rosenfeld went from a complete novice kayaker to completing the Go Canoeing Three Lakes Challenge in a matter of months.
What makes this feat even more impressive is that Joseph is fourteen years old!
Having taken up paddling in April, Joseph decided that he wanted to raise money for WaterAid by taking on a large challenge. Having found the Three Lakes on our website he chose to take on the formidable task.
Joseph decided to start with Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) on 2nd August. In cold and windy conditions he managed to complete the out and back trip in just 2 hours and 49 minutes. For this lake he was using a recreational kayak and found the weather was little help; a head wind on the way out dropped for his return.
Just over a week later Joseph travelled to Windermere, where kinder conditions saw him complete the 11 miles in 2 hours and 41 minutes. For this lake and Loch Awe, Joseph chose to use a sea kayak instead of the recreational craft he had used on Llyn Tegid.
Having aced his paddle of Windermere Joseph headed up to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Awe on the 27th August to complete the trio. It was another cold and windy day but luckily, this time, the wind was behind him. All of the Go Canoeing team were very impressed to read that someone who had not paddled at all until a few months before finished the length of Loch Awe in 7 hours and 24 minutes. It is no wonder that completing this lake was the highlight of Joseph’s Three Lake Challenge.
Joseph told us that he really enjoyed the entire challenge and the hardest lake was Bala because he didn’t know what to expect. He recommended that anyone taking on the Three Lakes trains beforehand and prepares mentally if they are not used to long paddles.
Joseph has raised almost £900 for WaterAid already but would love to reach his target of £1500. If you would like to help him by adding to his sponsorship total you can visit his JustGiving page here.