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Dan Rowe of 10JJ took up the sport of marathon kayaking in 2009 when he joined the River Fowey Canoe Club after being encouraged to join by a former Poltair pupil. To buy a boat is quite expensive so while Dan saves up to buy his own kayak he borrows the club's boats for training and races. So what exactly is marathon kayaking? The sport involves racing in different divisions according to distance and skill level. Some courses are a 4 mile sprint or may involve a circuit. As racers become more experienced they will cover greater distances which may include one or more 'portages' where the kayaker has to leave the water and run while carrying the boat to the next stretch of waterway.
Dan is already a member of the Ten Tors training squad so his enjoyment of the outdoors is not in question or his desire to develop stamina and teamwork. Marathon kayaking however relies much more on individual skill and resilience and it has enabled Dan to travel all over Great Britain to compete. 'My very first race was as a participant in a National competition known as the Hastler Trophy,' Dan explains. 'My ambition is to complete the Devizes to Westminster race which is held over three days paddling the length of the River Thames.'