London Kayakathon April 2016 – kayak over 26 miles on the Thames in aid of charity

by Ian Tokelove
London Kayakathon

London Kayakathon

This year’s London Kayakathon takes place on 23rd April 2016 and will see a group of over one hundred experienced sea kayakers paddle 26.2 miles of the River Thames.

Starting beneath Tower Bridge, the kayakers will paddle the distance as one group, with the aim of raising over £30,000 for a wide variety of different charitable causes.

From Tower Bridge the London Kayakathon travels 13.1 miles upriver with the flood tide to Chiswick Bridge, where there will be a short stop to grab some lunch and stretch tired legs before heading back to Tower Bridge on the ebb tide. The route passes the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London and many other spectacular London landmarks en route.

This event is not a race and those wishing to take part should be experienced and possess the appropriate skills to paddle the distance as part of a group. The minimum requirement to take part in this event is a BCU 3* or equivalent experience. Paddlers must be proficient at self-rescue and be able to swim fifty meters wearing a buoyancy aid.

London Kayakathon entrance fees and registration

  • £35 for ages 16 to 21. Note that under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, taking part in the London Kayakathon, who must also sign the Disclaimer of Liability form to be handed in at registration on the day of the event.
  • £50 for a single entry
  • £90 for a tandem team

The fee will get you your place on the water as well as a unique London Kayakathon T-shirt and a certificate of completion to assist you in collecting your sponsorship monies from any donors.

Note: If you are keen to take part in the London Kayakathon 2016 please ensure that you read all the event documentation including the Rules and Regulations, Participant Information and the Disclaimer of Liability, which needs to be completed and brought to registration on the day of the event.

In order to take part in the event, each participant must complete a London Kayakathon registration form. Entry fees can be paid online via PayPal.

No entries will be accepted after the 10th of April 2016.

Full information on the London Kayakathon website.

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