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Source to Sea, 200 miles on inflatable SUP's

CommunityJames Hipkiss


A team of four friends are taking on the river Severn next month to raise money for charity and break records in the process.

Next month the team of four, made up of Tristan Bawn, Rob Yates, Dean Broad, and Tony Bain, plus support driver George Bush, will be attempting to paddle from the source of the river Severn to the sea on inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs). Completing the 220 mile journey in just nine days, their adventure will start on April 20 and take them from the Cambrian mountains in Wales (where the team will walk and bike from the source until the water is deep enough to begin paddling), through five counties, finally arriving at Severn Area Rescue Association station in Sharpness on April 28.

The team also will be attempting to break the British SUP distance record, and potentially a world record as well if water levels allow. On the challenge, Tristan said: Were just four friends who are connected by our love of watersports and the river Severn, and who like doing things just a little differently. We've been training hard over the last few months but its not going to be easy as the river Severn is not to be underestimated; well be facing all manner of dangers along the way from rapids and waterfalls to muddy banks, whirlpools and of course the Severn Bore! But were really looking forward to it.

The team will also be hoping to use their challenge to raise awareness of the array of wildlife on the Severn and highlight the importance of the river and its surroundings. You can sponsor the team by visiting their Virgin Money Giving. All money raised will go to Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Severn Area Rescue Association. The teams paddle boards have kindly been provided by the Red Paddle Company.

You can follow their build up and progress via the following links: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Source2Sea2013 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Source2Sea2013 Blog: http://sourcetosea2013.blogspot.co.uk