British Duo complete paddle across the UK
Dave Cornthwaite and Sarah Outen for World Oceans Day
mercredi 9 juin 2010 –
The duo who between them have set world records by rowing or paddling across oceans and continents, paired up for the week-long endurance challenge, Stand Up Paddling the 150 mile long route navigating 114 locks on the way.
Cornthwaite, who once skateboarded across Australia and also paddled the length of The Murray River, Australia’s longest river, and Outen, who rowed solo across the Indian Ocean last year, measured their trip in Blue Miles, which are miles travelled on or beside the water. The dynamic duo are both Ambassadors of The Blue Mile - Race for the Environment, the UK’s newest mass-participation event which encourages participants to swim, paddle or walk for our seas. They were planning for 100’s of paddlers to join them for sections of the trip aiming to amass a total of 1000 Blue Miles before they reached their finish line at Tower Bridge.
Speaking from London at the end of the challenge, Cornthwaite said “Between us, Sarah and I have crossed oceans and travelled along some of the world’s longest rivers, so to experience a Blue environment much closer to home and to share that with so many other paddlers, cyclists and walkers has been a privilege. Wherever we are our seas, lakes and rivers are all interconnected, and after 150 miles to arrive at Tower Bridge on World Ocean’s Day is the icing on the cake.”
Outen added “My favourite bits of the planet are the blue bits – the oceans, the rivers, the lakes – so it is great to be ending our journey on World Ocean’s day. We are a maritime nation with thousands of miles of coastline here and overseas territories, so for us to land in London today is a little reminder to Westminster that we need to protect the wonderful wildlife and qualities of our shores and seas right around the world. Water and life are so intrinsically connected that now, more than ever, we need to protect it and all the services and habitat it provides and the wildlife living there.
Our journey has shown how important water is to people – for food, for transport, for enjoyment, for fitness, for homes – it has been wonderful to see this and to be able to encourage more folks out onto the water with us to clock up some blue miles. “
Press info Vikki Cheung / www.thebluemile.org
About Sarah Outen
In 2009 Sarah rowed over 4000 miles between Australia and Mauritius, becoming the first and youngest woman to row the Indian Ocean and the youngest woman at the time to ever row an ocean. She is now preparing for a self-propelled circumnavigation of the globe starting and ending in London, England. She’s due to set off in April 2011.
About Dave Cornthwaite
Dave was the first person to skateboard the length of Britain and in 2006 broke a Guinness world record for the longest distance ever skated by travelling across Australia from Perth to Brisbane. In 2009 he completed a source to sea expedition along Australia’s largest river, the Murray, before becoming the first person to Stand Up Paddle the length of Lake Geneva. The Blue Bath2London is the second in a series of mini-adventures on Stand Up Paddleboards leading up to a World Record breaking distance journey in 2011.
About The Blue Project
BLUE connects people, their lifestyle and their passions by harnessing the popularity of adventure sports that showcase the natural environment. BLUE works with world-class sports men and women who share their experiences, their passion for the environment and their commitment to healthy living with the wider community. BLUE channels this content to build digital learning, social networking and mass participation activities designed to achieve measurable behaviour change and clear environmental and social outcomes. - www.theblueproject.org
The BLUE MILE – Race for the Environment is the UK’s newest mass-participation event designed to engage people actively with our BLUE Environment. It will be open to everyone to take part and complete a mile in, on or next to a water environment.