With another guy I successfully completed the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race in a racing double kayak on Easter Sunday morning, having paddled pretty much continuously from 10:45 the previous day. Even though I have done the race three times before, that must be the toughest 22 hours of my life so far!! The final hours were purgatory!!

My paddling partner Hugh and I completed it in 22:03:57, not my best time but as good as we could expect with absolutely no flow on the Thames owing to all of the dry weather.

According to the ‘provisional’ results we won what I like to call the ‘old gits’ class (over 50s), were 6th of 78 starters in the Vets and 16th out of 155 starters overall in the senior doubles. We are pretty chuffed with that!