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 […]
Day 2 – Tears on The Rocky River Gyronde
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. […]
Alps Adventure day 1 – real rivers!
My bubble was burst when I was confronted with the river Gyronde. As we arrived at Vallouise, I looked down towards the river, and all I could see was rocks. The water levels were low, so I would have to pick my way carefully, slowing myself down as I went to give myself time to […]
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! […]
Kayak for Blackthorn connects Kent-based businesses with the help of Canterbury BNI
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 […]
Kayak for Blackthorn Poster Girl
On the 28th July I will be attempting to kayak down a white water river in the French Alps, having had just 6 months to master several years’-worth of training. My decision to take on such a big challenge was born out of a life-changing crisis, and I will be doing it to raise £10,000 […]
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 […]
Rafa Ortiz gives me some tips
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 […]
Soon after I began paddling, I discovered a film called Chasing Niagara which documented Red Bull kayaker, Rafa Ortiz as he hatched a plan to kayak over Niagra Falls. Watching him kayak through treacherously dangerous but incredibly beautiful rivers involving descents from great heights was mezmerizing. Rafa has run some of the biggest waterfalls in […]