One man to attempt paddling the longest canal in the world

One brave young man is hoping to kayak the world’s longest canal in one insane 1,110-mile challenge in China, aiming to raise money for young people with Muscular Dystrophy whilst making an attempt for record breaking time!



The man who is taking on this mission is Hugo Metcalfe, a 29-year old student who is studying to be a clinical psychologist at Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire. He has previously taken on incredible feats in a kayak, such as paddling the Mississippi River back in 2012, but this next mission is on a whole new level that will take a great amount of determination and strength to complete.

The cause he is raising money for is The Muscle Help Foundation, raising awareness for any young people that are facing the challenges of living with Muscular Dystrophy. This charity in particular has a special programme called ‘Muscle Dreams’ where they raise money to offer once in a lifetime experiences to those young people living with Muscular Dystrophy to give them the chance to do something amazing that they might not have been able to achieve otherwise. This challenge is certainly more than just a world record attempt!

The incredible record attempt will take place in the month of September on the Beijing-Hanzhou Grand Canal in China, where Hugo plans to reach a target of around 410 miles a week, sleeping in a waterproof sleeping bag in the night to recover his strength for the next length.

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