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#ShePaddles Ambassadors to paddle 160 miles along the Grand Union Canal

2022 #ShePaddles Ambassador Shilpa Rasaiah and 2019 Ambassador, Jo Moseley will stand up paddleboard (SUP) 160 miles along the Grand Union Canal, picking up litter and fundraising along the way.

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Shilpa (left) and Jo (right) at Moor Lane Bridge on the Grand Union Canal

On the 4th of June 2022, Shilpa (58) and Jo (57) will set off on their epic adventure along the Grand Union Canal. Their journey will take them from remote rural areas to dense urban areas. Starting at Paddington Basin in London, they will paddle north through the Chilterns and the entire length of Milton Keynes, and continue north, by-passing Northampton to the east, and entering Leicester from the south, traveling right through the heart of Leicester and departing at the north to continue through Loughborough. They will finish their final leg in Normanton on Soar, home to Soar Boating Club, where Shilpa first fell in love with SUP.

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Jo (left) and Shilpa (right) in front of the Herbert Morris Building

They will be sharing key messages along the way about ageing adventurously, teamwork and community, cherishing and caring for the canals on their doorstep.  But most importantly, the adventure is about two friends simply having fun!  

The two causes they are litter picking and fundraising for:

  • Re-engage, a charity that provides vital, life-enhancing social connections for older people through companion calls, tea parties and activity groups. Their vision is a world where no one is too old to make friends and enjoy social interaction. 
  • Friends of the Grand Union Canal, a community of volunteers and canal enthusiasts committed to caring for the Grand Union Canal, via litter picking and cleanups along the canal. Founded in August 2020, they encourage local people to look after places closest to them.   

The pair will be sharing their adventure, including the planning, preparation, inspiration and lessons on their social media. Follow their journey at:

Shilpa Rasaiah:
Instagram - @sup.loving.shilpa

Website -

Jo Moseley:

Twitter - @healthyhappy50

Instagram - @healthyhappy50, @thejoyofsuppodcast_

Facebook - Jo Moseley

Website -

Check out their adventure hashtag #supthegrandunion

Shilpa is also looking for SUP training partners to do 10-14 mile long paddles, so do get in touch if you're interested!