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By Em Bell

One year ago. Almost to the day. I realised I was about to stand-up paddle board 1001 miles down the Missouri River having never paddle boarded before, supporting Dave Cornthwaite who was swimming the distance.

In came Active360 to the rescue. Paul Hyman who had trained the rest of the team, took me out for an hour taster class with my brother. And I was set.

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One year on. I am about to kayak 1000 miles supporting Sean Conway (yes another ginger) as he attempts to become the first person to swim Lands End to John O’Groats. All for War Child UK. And guess what. I have never kayaked before.

So off to Kew Bridge I went. For an hour session of basic paddle strokes and emergency recoveries.

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And hopefully I will be set.

Again.

Watch this space.

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