Day 5 – Waterfalls!
Day 3 – Colliding with a rock face!
This was it! The grand finale, and what better than attempting to run down a series of waterfalls? Having always had a fear of heights, I have to say that I never thought I would be able to manage this! The waterfalls varied in height. The first few we ran down were relatively small, and […]
Alps Adventure day 1 – real rivers!
If I’ve been told once I’ve been told a thousand times “Look where you want to go. If you look where you don’t want to go that’s where you’ll go.” Simple and obvious advice that I completely forgot about as I looked at the rock in front of me and then collided spectacularly into it. […]
The countdown’s on – 4 days to go!
We began our trip at the slalom course at Argentiere-la-Bessee. As I looked at the water for the first time, I realized that it was a far cry from paddling on a man-made course: it was much more beautiful, but it also contained many more hazards than I am used to seeing, including real rocks! […]
4 things the Spice Girls and Kayak for Blackthorn have in common!
With just 4 days to go before we set off for the French Alps, last-minute preparations are well underway to bring the project to life. There’s nothing like a massive ‘Kayak for Blackthorn’ logo on the side of a Land Rover Discovery to bring home the reality that this is actually happening, and that this […]
Looking for a friendly kayaking club in Medway? Try WAM!
It seems unlikely that there would be a connection between a 90’s girl band and a kayaking adventure, but let me explain: ONE The 28th July 2018 marks the day that I leave for the French Alps, as well as the first day of “Spice Up”, an exhibition about the Spice Girls, taking place in […]
From White Wedding to White Water
I really fell on my feet when I found this club. You couldn’t hope to meet a friendly, more helpful group of people. Within minutes of arriving at my first pool session in January, Ian had not only put me in touch with a whitewater coach, but had also agreed to teach me to do […]
Kayak for Blackthorn Poster Girl
With less than 3 weeks to go before I set off for the Alps I’ve been taking a moment to reflect on all that has brought me to this point. The last time I was heading to this corner of France it was to attend a very different event – my wedding. What would I […]
The training’s nearly over! Watch the latest video
I never cease to be amazed at the generosity and creativity of the people who have offered to help me with my project. The team at Hayward Design are helping me to spread the word about my project with posters, flyers and business cards. Gone are the days of blushing as I write my project […]
Taylor Wimpey South East show their support for Kayak for Blackthorn
With less than a month to go, the training is nearly over. The learning curve has been long and slow, but mid-June marked the start of a big upturn in skills and confidence. This video clip shows the day I finally managed to roll myself back up on fast-moving water. After weeks of falling out […]
Taylor Wimpey is building a collection of new family homes just a stone’s throw away from the Blackthorn Trust, we are told they are selling like hot cakes. We are really looking forward to welcoming our new neighbours to the community, and we can’t wait to share our new physic garden with them, particularly as […]