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Gold Duke of Edinburgh students go paddling

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Eighteen Long Road Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award students set off from Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre on their practice canoeing expedition – their goal being to paddle the thirty-five or so miles along the River Soar to Nottingham.

Sam Grace, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator and Sport teacher says: “The weather was mostly sunny but with a constant biting wind. It took the students 2 ½ days to complete, and they had to portage around quite a few locks and weirs on Day 1:  hard going when the canoes are packed with all their kit and equipment. Our students did very well and kept up a good pace, so I am confident that the final expedition will be a success.”

The final expedition starts on the 4th July and is from Brecon to Monmouth along the River Wye.

To see more photos, go to Long Road Sixth Form College Facebook Gold Award.