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Skipton firefighters to take on Leeds-Liverpool Canal canoe paddle for charity
4:00pm Monday 17th September 2012 in News
Three Skipton firefighters are set to canoe the length of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to raise money for charity.
Retained firefighters Mick Langdale, 22, Jack Smith, 19, and Scott Wild, 19, will set off from Liverpool on Friday, September 28, and, after overnight stops in Wigan and Burnley, will finish up at Skipton two days later.
They will be raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity, which helped Jack last year after he broke his kneecap when he slipped and fell in a stream while fell running.
“I was injured at Buckden in May of last year and was off duty for two months, but I did physio with the charity and they got me back to full fitness,” said Jack, who has been training with Mick and Scott since June.
“It was something we’d talking about and we wanted a big challenge to do – something that we had never done before. It’s hard to steer a canoe and we’ve been struggling to control them, but we’re gradually building up our stamina to go the full length of the canal, which is 127 miles.”
The three men have so far raised £140. Anyone interested in donating to charity should visit the website justgiving.com/firefighters-challenge.