Team set for Ireland charity rowing challenge

By Laura Maltby 15/08 Updated: 17/08 09:48

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Plain sailing - some of the team with Warwickshire Air Ambulance crew. (s)

ROWING across Ireland is the challenge facing a team of hardy fund-raisers from Leamington.

The challenge, in aid of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, will see the 13-strong team take five canoes across more than 300 miles of Irish rivers and loughs over nine days. They start at Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland on August 24.

They will paddle the River Bann to Lough Neagh, before heading south through Enniskilllen to the Republic of Ireland border a day later.

The team will then make their way to the River Shannon for six days of paddling downstream finishing in Limerick on September 2.

Last year five members of the team raised £7,000 for the same charity by driving from the UK, through Europe to Mongolia.

The team is made up of Jon and Dave Devaney, Steve Massey, Paul Bannan, Jim Pittaway, Kev Kennedy, Pete Marsh, Noel German, Cark Taylor, Paul Mundy, Sam Kevisney, Paul Shorty and Neil Thomson.

Organiser Jon Devaney said: "We have been practising for months and the team have reached peak physical fitness, ready for the rivers, loughs and Guinness of Ireland."

You can follow their adventure on their blog via their website at www.glorious-endeavours.com and donations can be made via their own website or their Just Giving site at http://www.justgiving.com/Glorious-Endeavours.

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