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News article created on 6 August 2013

Could you support a world record this summer?

While you’re enjoying an Indian summer, spare a thought for Justin Hansen a ‘gutless kayaker’ who is defying the odds to take on a world record. He’s preparing to kayak 420 miles along our waterways from Skipton to Bristol.

Starting on Saturday 7 September Justin will paddle from Skipton in North Yorkshire, reaching Bristol on Tuesday 8 October. That’s 420 miles in 32 days – a challenging prospect for any of us.  However, it’s even an even more impressive feat as Justin has had his intestines removed due to Crohn’s disease. Throughout the entire expedition he will be attached to a life support system providing artificial nutrition.

Support vessels

Justin has been training hard and he needs a bit of help to complete his trip. Justin needs two boats as support vessels, in order for his medication to be stored, to provide a safe and sterile environment for medical procedures and to act as accommodation for the rest of the team and fellow paddlers.

Canal Connections, the social enterprise set up in Leeds by Trevor Roberts, has promised the provision of one boat, Merlot, for the entirety of the trip. The good people at the Bruce Charitable Trust have also offered Justin the use of their 12-berth wide beam from Reading to Bristol.  So he now just needs a support vessel or vessels from Skipton to Reading. 

You can see his planned route here

If you can help Justin on his trip please email info@gutlesskayaking.com