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    DW Canoeists Win CCF Cup

    Kimbolton pupils named fastest team of three Combined Cadet Force crews in this year’s 125-mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race.

    Kimbolton School Canoeists Win Trophy in Devizes to Westminster Race 2015Kimbolton canoeists claimed a top prize at the 2015 Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race prize giving in Newbury this weekend. 

    Senior School pupils George Barrett-Hague, Will Day, Charlie Hanson, Matthew Harrington, James Howlett and Thomas Wilson were awarded the HMS Alacrity McKaig Cup for the fastest team of three Combined Cadet Force crews.

    The trophy was collected by our Canoeing Captain Rachel Winter and CCF Cadet Warrant Officer James Howlett.

    The event also saw a surprise for our Outdoor Pursuits instructor Mr Tom Webster, as the canoe team donated a new trophy in his honour – as a thank you for all of his hard work over the years he has been at Kimbolton. The ‘Tom Webster Trophy’ will be awarded annually to the coach of the fastest Junior team and was this year presented to Linda Baily (Cranleigh School)..

    Kimbolton School Outdoor Pursuits Instructor Mr Tom Webster

    The Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, or 'DW', was first held in 1948 and is often described as 'the canoeist’s Everest'. Starting in Devizes, Wiltshire and finishing downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, the race is 125 miles long and passes 77 locks which competitors must portage. 

    The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames.

    More than 600 competitors paddling double and single canoes and kayaks took part in this year’s race over Easter Weekend. The race is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning which produces a memorable sense of achievement for those successfully completing it.

    Watch Will Day's video overview of our team's Devizes to Westminster marathan canoe race 2015 at