Kayaking Challenge in aid of the Pink Ladies - by Carol Vivyan

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20/04/2011

Carol Vivyan is going to kayak around Guernsey in June as part of the Crimestoppers Round Island Kayak Challenge. The distance over the ground is about 30 miles, and we're aiming to do it in 9 hours, on either 5 or 19 June 2011 to raise money for the Pink Ladies as I have a strong family history of breast cancer.


The aim is to raise money for charity and to complete the distance inside 8 hours, 55 minutes and 11 seconds. The time set for the challenge is based on the Crimestoppers free telephone number 0800555111.  In 2009, a similar round island kayak challenge took 10 hours.  Personally, I'm aiming to just get around,however long it takes me!
 
This is a very difficult challenge. At 51 and generally not very fit, it's an even bigger challenge! I've previously only kayaked for an hour and a half at a time, and at a leisurely pace.  My first training session in early March resulted in me being last back to the beach (by a long way!).  My second training session resulted in my boat filling with water, in a pretty rough sea, and almost sinking - I managed to make it ashore in time, and  I capsized in surf on my third training session!  'KEEEP CALM AND CARRY ON' has become my mantra!  I'm determined to see this through, but I would appreciate your support and encouragement, by donating to a very worthy cause.

One training event involved kayaking around Herm twice (once clockwise,once anticlockwise) on the morning of Sunday 10 April - an island 3 miles from Guernsey.  More information about Herm at theirwebsiteIt was a glorious day.  We covered 7.5 miles in 2.5 hours. 

I will be raising money for the Guernsey-based Pink Ladies charity for women who have or have had breast cancer.   I chose the Pink Ladies charity as I have a strong family history of breast cancer.  If you would like to donate to the Pink Ladies, then please use the Paypal Donate button link on my website
http://www.get.gg/kayak.htm

The group' facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Outdoor-Guernsey/121341817880149?sk=wall#!/pages/Crimestoppers-Kayak-Challenge-2011/140392046029232

Outdoor Guernsey's facebook page (with all the photos)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crimestoppers-Kayak-Challenge-2011/140392046029232#!/pages/Outdoor-Guernsey/121341817880149


Carols SPOT tracker page
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0qBgMgSQpSL74TDFsCK5cIz6TTGVgBBpY


Thank you for your support, for the Pink Ladies.

Carol Vivyan






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