75 people take part in SUP marathon

12 July 2015

£30,000 raised as 75 participants paddled 26 miles down the Thames from Shepperton to Putney in the third 40tude London Stand up paddleboard marathon on 20 June.

Together with Active 360, 40tude, a fundraising organisation helping to raise money for St Marks in Harrow London, have organised one of the most unique marathons in the capital in aid of colon cancer.  St Marks is one of the leading colon cancer researching facilities in the country.

When the marathon started three years ago it was one of the first events on its kind. It was set up by 40Tude to help raise awareness and fundraise for colon cancer, which kills on average 16,000 people a year, and to help raise money for FLEX – a new less invasive surgery that will mean less of the colon will need to be removed, whilst still removing the cancer. It will also help shorten post-operation recovery time.

Active 360 became involved in 2014 and in the last two years it has helped to organise the event and provided boards. They became involved after Mo, a business man, who was recovering from colon cancer at the time, came to Active 360 for a SUP lesson. To help aid his recovery he regularly started to paddle and helped out with events. Eventually Mo becomes a director for the company and brought 40tude and Active 360 together to organise the race.

Since its maiden paddle the Shepperton to Putney, the SUP marathon has gone from strength to strength. In 2013 25 people took to the Thames this year saw 54 people take up the challenge.

This year has been far kinder to the participants than last. Even with the threat of thunders storms – which decided not to unleash their wrath on the SUPers – this year’s weather was warm, calm, occasionally sunny and the current was with them. 2014 however brought with it strong head winds and the current also turned again them.

Many of the SUPers, who took part, are not hardcore paddlers. Many like Simon Waller, who lives in the Netherlands, had only been on a board three times before he took to Thames to paddle. Did he enjoy it?

“A big relief and a feeling of achievement because it was tough, it’s a long way.” He said after making it to the end of the 26 miles.  “My back hurts by shoulders hurt my arms hurt and it’s a great achievement and a great bunch of people to do it with.”

And it’s not just people who get out and SUP.

One of the Marshals Jennifer Cordero did the whole route with her little dog Clive. “It’s been an amazing day! The weather thank goodness…there’s been no thunder storms. Clive has been loving it. Its been fantastic” When Clive and Cordero made it to shore in Putney. Clive was getting more praise for the completing the marathon then Cordero. But then I suppose looking cute on a paddle board is hard work.

This year’s SUP marathon raised over £30,000 and 40Tude hope to be back next year with even more SUPers. If you would like to contribute to the great work St Mark’s are doing go to http://www.40tude.org.uk/£30,000 raised at SUP marathon for colon cancer

75 participants paddled 26 miles down the Thames from Shepperton to Putney in the third 40tude London Stand up paddleboard marathon on 20 June.

Together with Active 360, 40tude, a fundraising organisation helping to raise money for St Marks in Harrow London, have organised one of the most unique marathons in the capital in aid of colon cancer.  St Marks is one of the leading colon cancer researching facilities in the country.

When the marathon started three years ago it was one of the first events on its kind. It was set up by 40Tude to help raise awareness and fundraise for colon cancer, which kills on average 16,000 people a year, and to help raise money for FLEX – a new less invasive surgery that will mean less of the colon will need to be removed, whilst still removing the cancer. It will also help shorten post-operation recovery time.

Active 360 became involved in 2014 and in the last two years it has helped to organise the event and provided boards. They became involved after Mo, a business man, who was recovering from colon cancer at the time, came to Active 360 for a SUP lesson. To help aid his recovery he regularly started to paddle and helped out with events. Eventually Mo becomes a director for the company and brought 40tude and Active 360 together to organise the race.

Since its maiden paddle the Shepperton to Putney, the SUP marathon has gone from strength to strength. In 2013 25 people took to the Thames this year saw 54 people take up the challenge.

This year has been far kinder to the participants than last. Even with the threat of thunders storms – which decided not to unleash their wrath on the SUPers – this year’s weather was warm, calm, occasionally sunny and the current was with them. 2014 however brought with it strong head winds and the current also turned again them.

Many of the SUPers, who took part, are not hardcore paddlers. Many like Simon Waller, who lives in the Netherlands, had only been on a board three times before he took to Thames to paddle. Did he enjoy it?

“A big relief and a feeling of achievement because it was tough, it’s a long way.” He said after making it to the end of the 26 miles.  “My back hurts by shoulders hurt my arms hurt and it’s a great achievement and a great bunch of people to do it with.”

And it’s not just people who get out and SUP.

One of the Marshals Jennifer Cordero did the whole route with her little dog Clive. “It’s been an amazing day! The weather thank goodness…there’s been no thunder storms. Clive has been loving it. Its been fantastic” When Clive and Cordero made it to shore in Putney. Clive was getting more praise for the completing the marathon then Cordero. But then I suppose looking cute on a paddle board is hard work.

This year’s SUP marathon raised over £30,000 and 40Tude hope to be back next year with even more SUPers. If you would like to contribute to the great work St Mark’s are doing go to http://www.40tude.org.uk/

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