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Canoeists Paddle To Gold Reward

Published: 07 Oct 2015

A party of six canoeists from 143 (Longridge) Sqn ATC completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition this summer with the help of a grant from the RAF Charitable Trust.

The party of four cadets and two adults tackled the 95km Caledonian Canal, journeying from Fort William to Inverness and overcoming the formidable open waters of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. An additional challenge was that the participants had to carry all their own kit and food, with shopping strictly off-limits.

Starting at Loch Dochfour, the paddlers enjoyed some spectacular scenery, ploughed on against strong headwinds, and discovered how persistent Scottish midges can be. En route they visited Urquhart Castle, Fort Augustus, the Caledonian Canal Centre, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy, Gairlochy and finally Neptune's Staircase. 

Civilian Instructor Chris Clifford said: "Neptune's Staircase at Banavie was a welcome sight, as it marked the end of our expedition. I would like to thank the RAF Charitable Trust for their generous grant to help facilitate the organising, planning and participation for our 2015 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition."

Caption: from left, Chris Clifford, Kirsty McCann, James Shuttleworth, Chris Hall and Elizabeth Cwilewicz.

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