Sudbury to the Sea adventure

KEEP PADDLING: A canoe duo head off along the River Stour during Sudbury to the Sea.
KEEP PADDLING: A canoe duo head off along the River Stour during Sudbury to the Sea.

ACHING arms and strength-sapping heat failed to prevent 300 people finishing a two-day endurance event along the River Stour.

Starting in Sudbury, the River Stour Trust’s annual Sudbury to the Sea saw keen kayakers and canoeists completing a 25-mile stretch to the Cattawade Barrier at the weekend.

With temperatures in the mid-20s paddlers needed to pace themselves during the event, which has been running since the 1970s.

“We were at capacity and I think we had just the right amount of people,” said Catherine Burrows from the trust.

“The weather was amazing, but it also meant lots of people finished a bit later than normal.”

She said a number of pubs along the route, including the Henny Swan in Great Henny and the Anchor Inn in Bures, had also reaped the benefits of the sunshine as participants stopped for a well-earned rest.

People came from all over the country to complete the challenge and Isibella Johnson, from Alexandra Road in Sudbury, who last year became the youngest person ever to finish the distance, returned.

“Isibella was only eight last year and she came back again which was great to see,” added Catherine.