An amateur kayaker is set to take to the waters next month as he and a team of seven others paddle the 90-km-long Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness in Scotland.
Colin Mayes, 57. is preparing to don his life jacket and pick up a paddle as he takes on the gruelling Great Glen Kayak Challenge, in an attempt to raise £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The charity is close to Collin’s heart as he lost his mother Barbara Mayes and close friend Gary Dunnington to cancer.
Chief executive of golf course owner and operator Burhill Group Limited (BGL), Colin will be joined by seven other colleagues and senior golf course executives on the ambitions challenge.
Colin, of Highfields, Westoning, said: “I think we’re all completely mad, I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also feeling a bit apprehensive.
“I had never stepped foot in a kayak until about a month ago when we all decided to do a training session. I seemed to spend the first hour just going round in circles.
“So, since then I’ve been practising up and down the River Ouse as much as I can. It is definitely going to be a challenge.”
Colin and his team have been raising money for various charities over the last seven years, including Help For Heroes and the charity’s hospital Hedley Court, which looks after injured soldiers.
He also worked with the charity in setting up a programme called the Battle Back Programme, which helps injured personnel get interested in golf.
To sponsor Colin go to www.justgiving.com/ColinMayesGreatGlenKayakChallenge.
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