Kayaking duo battle rain, wind and broken boat in 125 mile charity challenge

Tina (Tee) Barter and Charles Coldrey complete their challenge ANL-160329-160847001
Tina (Tee) Barter and Charles Coldrey complete their challenge ANL-160329-160847001
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A kayaking duo battled rain, wind and a damaged boat to complete a 125 mile charity challenge in just over 25 hours.

Tina (Tee) Barter, 47, of Tostock, and Charles Coldrey, 63, of Bury, conquered the gruelling Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race on Saturday.

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race ANL-160329-164952001

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race ANL-160329-164952001

They aim to raise £11,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care and their JustGiving page is upto £4,295 with further sponsorship pledged.

They started the non stop paddle at 7.18am from from Devizes, Wiltshire battling a head wind and rain. The pair arrived at Dreadnought Reach at about 6pm to change clothes and eat before setting off again.

At one point the boat rudder snapped and they had to wait for their support to fetch a spare. Mrs Barter said: “We got to Teddington at 5.42am - another change of clothes ready for the tidal Thames 17 miles to Westminster with no support. Unfortunately Charles picked up an injury to his thigh, making sitting uncomfortable but we carried on and arrived at Westminster Bridge at 08.30am to be greeted by everyone with lots of cheering and clapping to receive our medals.”

She added that 130 boats took part in the challenge with 29 retiring and they were positioned 58th.

To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Barter-Coldrey