Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2019 PRESS PACK

Below are useful documents for journalists/photographers following the 2019 Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.

MEDIA ADVISORY. Click here to download (PDF).

BACKGROUNDER. History of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

BACKGROUNDER. The 40 year old nonstop Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race record. Click here to download (PDF).

DW 2019 course times – where will competitors be and when? Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: 650 competitors set for annual Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: Fowey Canoe Club poised for success in annual Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: Injured Military Veterans take on all-comers in 125 mile Easter canoe race epic. Click here to download (PDF).

PRESS RELEASE: Team GB paddlers aim for win in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).

High resolution images are available on request. 

Samantha Martyn and Bronte Holden of Wey and Fowey Canoe Clubs

Peter Wilkes and Dan Palmer of Fowey Canoe Club

Peter Wilkes and Dan Palmer of Fowey Canoe Club

Keith Moule in front with Tom Sharpe behind

Competitors in a training race leading up to the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2019

Marathon canoe race epic

Canoeing 125 miles (200 km) through the countryside, running 76 locks and weirs plus coping with blisters, heatstroke, psychotic swans and drunken pleasure boat owners may not be everyone’s idea of fun. But for around 600 committed “paddlers”, such is the unique appeal of the Devizes to Westminster international canoe race, held every Easter holiday weekend.

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, it was conceived some 60 years ago as a bet in a pub near Devizes, Wiltshire.

Two scouts doubted whether it would be possible to navigate the then derelict Kennet and Avon canal and the Thames all the way to London and thus another seemingly foolhardy venture was born. Continue reading