DW results now published

The organisers have published the full results for the 2019 Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.

Prizegiving is on Saturday 1 June at Newbury Rugby Club at 2pm. The event is preceded by a buffet lunch at 1pm. Entry is free, all competitors, their supporters and support crews are welcome.

Click here for the full results booklet.

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race: news

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The annual nonstop Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (“DW”) concluded in London today (Easter Sunday, 21 April).

For only the second time in the race’s history, the event was won by a mixed pair, Dan Seaford and Alexandra Lane (pictured)
of Reading Canoe Club. The duo saw off intense competition from international athletes and military canoeists from numerous Army regiments and the Royal Marines to win the DW race, often described as one of the toughest endurance events in the world.

Due to issues with the event website only a partial amount of content can be displayed there. As a result, press releases are hosted here at www.guydresser.com

A full list of results from the DW Canoe Race can be found here.

If you need high resolution images of any of the competitors, please inform Guy Dresser, Head of Communications for the DW International Canoe Race.

Contact Guy on 07713 066 986 or email publicity@dwrace.co.uk

News releases issued on 21 April 2019:

Hundreds finish 125 miles Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race despite scorching Easter – Press Release 21 April 2019

Mixed crew overturn the odds to win 125 mile canoe race epic – Press Release 21 April 2019

Injured military veterans defy weather to finish 125 mile canoe race epic – PRESS RELEASE 21 April

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race PRESS PACK.

Picture credit: Peter Burbridge

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