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News article created on 14 April 2014

Get ready for Go Canoeing Week

National Go Canoeing Week 2014 is taking place from Saturday 24 May – Sunday 1 June and everyone can get involved by joining one of the organised events taking place up and down the country.

The annual festival of canoe and kayaking fun, organised by Go Canoeing , will give the public a chance to pick up a paddle and discover what’s on offer at clubs and centres across the country. Many of the organised events will take place on one of our canals and rivers.

In 2014, Go Canoeing Week will aim to get even more people involved by introducing the new Every Mile Counts theme. The initiative will encourage the nation to collectively paddle the distance around the UK coastline during the week, totalling 11,073 miles.

Starter sessions

Whether participants want to head down to their local centre for a Starter Session or Guided Tour, take part in one of the new Challenge Routes or simply paddle on a stretch of water near them, all miles clocked will go towards the target.

At official Go Canoeing clubs and centres, participants of all ages and abilities will be offered a range of easily accessible and sociable activities to get involved in. Starter Sessions and Guided Tours will take place throughout the country, offering a great way for beginners to get involved.

No matter how participants get involved, everyone can log on to the Go Canoeing Week website to submit their distance and help reach the overall Every Mile Counts 11,073-mile target. Participants will be able to monitor nationwide progress via an interactive map on the site, which will give a running total of mileage completed during the week.

Stunning locations

Jenny Spencer, Go Canoeing Development Officer, said: “Last year’s National Go Canoeing Week was a great success but we wanted to offer people a wider variety of ways to get involved, whatever their age or ability.

“Canoeing is a hugely varied sport and our brand new Every Mile Counts Challenge Routes offer a great chance to pick up a paddle and challenge yourself on the water, while exploring some truly stunning locations.

“We aim to get as many people out on the water as possible and we’ll be encouraging people to register how far they have paddled on the National Go Canoeing Week website because, after all, Every Mile Counts this year.”

For more information about National Go Canoeing Week log onto www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk