Crick cancer survivor to swap narrowboat for kayak for 400-mile charity trek - The Rugby Observer

Crick cancer survivor to swap narrowboat for kayak for 400-mile charity trek

A CANCER survivor and his friends are pushing the boat out for charity by rowing 400 miles across the country.

Crick Marina residents Clive Vick and Mike Roberts are taking to the UK waterways with friend Alan Vidler to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The narrow boaters are downsizing for the challenge which will see them kayak 400 miles from Kendal in Cumbria to London.

The gruelling journey, which will see the trio navigate 176 locks through major cities and countryside, will begin on September 1 and is expected to take around three weeks.

And to ensure maximum funds go to charity, the friends are forfeiting comfort for camping and surviving only on what their kayaks can carry.

The trio have trained for the epic journey for two months, covering 70 miles in one session.

They hope to raise over £10,000 and have already reached just under £3,000 before their journey has even begun.

Clive, who previously supported McMillan Cancer before battling the illness himself, said it was his first major challenge following his recovery.

He added: “Now I’m on the mend it’s time to give something back.

“It affects so many people, everyone has a connection to it in some way.

“We want to support the cancer laboratories as a whole in order to beat it entirely.”

Visit to support the cause and search ‘Kendal To London’ on Facebook for updates.

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