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Ocean kayak lighthouse to lighthouse challenge inspired by young mum's battle with a brain tumour - Brain Tumour Research

A 48km ocean kayak challenge will take place on 24 November inspired by a young mum’s brave battle with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour.

St Ives men Glenn Eldridge, 47, and Jack Coop, 30, will attempt to paddle the 48km distance across open water from St Ives, passing Godrevy Lighthouse to just past Trevose Head Lighthouse near Padstow. The fundraising challenge has been inspired by Gemma Edgar, 33, a Colchester mum of two young boys. Glenn and Jack have set themselves a target of raising £2,000 to help find a cure for brain tumours which kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

Two years ago in September, Glenn, who runs the Ocean Sport Centre in Carbis Bay, coached Jack Coop and Gemma’s father and brother Andy and Lee Relf, to enable them to take part in and complete the Celtic Crossing, a race from the Scilly Isles to Sennen Cove in Cornwall – classed as the toughest open ocean kayak race in the northern hemisphere.

This year, having learnt that Gemma, whose sons Dylan and Noah are now six and four, have hatched a plan to paddle a similar distance on the very same surf ski that Andy and Lee used to also raise vital funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity.

Glenn said: “I met Andy in the summer of 2015, a year after Gemma was diagnosed aged 29 with an aggressive brain tumour for which there is no known cure. He persuaded me to help him and Lee with their training to take part in the Celtic Crossing the following year, even though it is normally only open to the world’s best surf ski paddlers.

“Since then we have met up each year with Andy and his wife Barbara when they have come down on holiday to Cornwall and kept in contact in between. When I heard Gemma wasn’t doing so well I immediately wanted to do something. Jack and I thought it would be good to take on a challenge using the very same ski that Andy and Lee used in 2016, which I had then bought from them and used to help train novice ski paddlers because it is so stable.

“We are hoping to raise at least £2,000 for this vital cause.”

Andy said : “We are incredibly touched by Glenn and Jack’s gesture. Gemma’s condition deteriorated rapidly in September and it was heart-breaking to hear that the tumour had grown considerably and was deemed inoperable. She has been so strong and upbeat, but is now quite poorly.

“Brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age. Research is desperately needed to bring hope to families struck by this devastating disease in the future. It is unacceptable that less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. Please donate to Glenn and Jack’s fundraising page inspired by Gemma.”

Michael Thelwall, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, said: “ For too long brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Gemma and her family have helped us both to fund research into brain tumours at our dedicated centres and also to campaign for change. We wish Glenn and Jack success in their fundraising challenge inspired by Gemma and urge people to support them and donate now. Together we will find a cure.”

Money raised from the challenge is going to Brain Tumour Research which is funding dedicated UK Research Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure. Historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours and the charity is lobbying the government and the larger cancer charities to increase this.

You can make a donation inspired by Gemma to Glenn and Jack’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trevoseskipaddle

For further information, please contact:
Liz Fussey at Brain Tumour...

Source: www.braintumourresearch.org

Man uses bike, car, kayak to run from police in wild Mt Maunganui chase - Newshub

A Tauranga man used every possible mode of transport available to get away from police on Thursday.

Officers were called to MacDonald St, Mt Maunganui at about 10:30am, where the 37-year-old had been seen leaving a "suspicious vehicle" in a hurry.

Two hours later, he returned to the vehicle but fled on foot as soon as he spotted police.

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He ran across a nearby golf course where he stole a bike and took off with it. He then tried to swap the bike for a car at a nearby house, but failed to successfully steal it.

With police in hot pursuit, the man had no option left but to take to the water. He ran to Omanu Beach where he discovered a surf ski kayak.

Unfortunately, his getaway didn't quite work out as planned, as he forgot to steal a paddle. He was "quickly tipped into the water", according to Senior Sergeant Chris Summerville.

Both the Armed Offenders Squad and lifeguards from Omanu Surf Club boarded an inflatable boat and went out to rescue the would-be sailor.

He was scooped from the sea and promptly arrested. He had multiple warrants out for firearms and drug-related offences and will probably face further charges.

Snr Sgt Summerville has thanked the Mt Maunganui public for their support as well as the rescue assistance of Omanu Surf Club.

Newshub.

Source: www.newshub.co.nz

Minneapolis lakes, trails to host 'Urban Portage' race - Minnesota Public Radio News

Dozens of canoeists, kayakers and paddleboarders are set to compete in a race on and around the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis on Saturday.

The Red Bull Urban Portage race will cover a 10-mile course that starts at 9 a.m. on Cedar Lake and includes seven portages, where competitors have to carry their boats Boundary Waters-style along trails between the lakes.

The course covers six miles on the water, and four miles on land . John Munger with the Loppet Foundation, which is helping organize the event, said it's the first race of its kind in the Twin Cities.

"We expect it to take about as long as it would take to do a marathon, to complete the whole course with your boat along with you," he said.

The race ends with a portage, as competitors will pull their boats or boards out of Bassett Creek in Golden Valley and carry them to the finish line at Theodore Wirth Park.

Munger said spectators will see a variety of watercraft on the lakes, with 80 to 100 competitors expected.

"You could use a one-person canoe or a two-person canoe. You could use a stand-up paddleboard. You can use what's called a surf ski or a kayak," he said. "There's going to be advantages and disadvantages to each vessel. Obviously heavier vessels are going to be harder to portage."

Race organizers said spectators are welcome along the course.

Source: www.mprnews.org









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