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Glasgow to Edinburgh Marathon Paddlers

Glasgow Edinburgh Challenge 2014

Glasgow to Edinburgh Marathon Paddlers

Glasgow Edinburgh Challenge 2014

Glasgow to Edinburgh Marathon Paddlers

Glasgow Edinburgh Challenge 2014

Glasgow to Edinburgh Marathon Paddlers

Glasgow Edinburgh Challenge 2014

Glasgow to Edinburgh Marathon Paddlers

Glasgow Edinburgh Challenge 2014

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Date: 
04/10/2014 to 05/10/2014

Will you accept the challenge to paddle from the centre of Glasgow to the centre of Edinburgh along the Millennium Link?  

You can either paddle alone or work in a team of up to 12 paddlers, in Singles, Doubles or Fours, Kayaks or Canoes.
Over the years a wide range of canoes and kayaks have been used to complete the course, racing K1’s and K2’s by those looking for fast times; open Canadians; sea kayaks and even plastic river boats by those looking for more of a challenge.

The Open Team Relay class allows up to 12 people to paddle in any combination of canoe and/or kayak.

The event is over two days with set stages.

  • Day 1 - Forth & Clyde Canal from Speirs Warf, Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel, c. 24 miles.
  • Day 2 - Union Canal from above Falkirk Wheel to Lochrin Basin, Edinburgh, c. 31 miles

For the first time, 2014 sees the event partnering with a charity, Kidney Cancer Scotland, who were considering setting up their own fund raising event over the course, but welcomed the invitation to run as part of our existing event instead. This arrangement should see a larger entry than in recent years. There is no requirement for participants to raise money for the charity, but obviously any paddlers who want to do so would be very welcome by the charity.

To find out more information on how to raise money for Kidney Cancer Scotland please visit: http://www.jameswhalefund.org/canoe-for-a-cure/

About Kidney Cancer Scotland

Kidney Cancer Scotland is a Scottish registered charity and a subsidiary of the James Whale fund For Kidney cancer which was started in 2006 after James Whale survived Kidney Cancer.

Kidney Cancer is now the 7th most common type of cancer with more than 26 people a day being diagnosed with the cancer.
Among the general population there is very little awareness of the condition and the condition rarely attracts much public attention.
Kidney Cancer Scotland seeks to help reduce the harm caused by kidney cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness of the symptoms of kidney cancer and helps promote early diagnosis among the general public.
We work closely with healthcare professionals ensuring that all patients receive our literature and support information on diagnosis which offers patients choices.
We provide a support network including a patient forum and care line, patient literature which provides advice, information and encouragement to those who have been diagnosed with kidney cancer and their carers. We also offer patients the option if required to apply for a support grant up to the value of £1000.

We  support research into the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease and work closely with health professionals and deliver patient information days, where patients are informed of new treatments available, advised by clinicians on managing side effects of drugs, dietary advice and have the opportunity to meet others with similar concerns. 
The charity has been working with the Scottish government and the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) to raise awareness of the issues facing kidney cancer patients in Scotland and has been active in the recent review of Access to New Medicines, and is actively involved in helping getting new treatments approved like Axitinib. 

Kidney Cancer Scotland has hosted numerous fundraisers and events to help fund and ensure that these patients receive adequate care, comfort and support, we are delighted to be partnering on the Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoeing Challenge and are sure that this will help increase awareness of the condition and symptoms to a new area of the population along with helping us raise much need to funds to allow us to continue this good work.