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Community News - June/July 22

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Former Paratrooper & RAF Reservist Pushed Hard to Gain 716th Sporting Title

Baddesley Ensor Village World Champion, Paddy Doyle, once again dug deep achieving a cross country duathlon consisting of a 5km cross country run/walk carrying a 20lb backpack, and a 10km mountain bike challenge over a low technical route in a combined time of 1hr, 12 min, 30 sec, increasing his career physical fitness challenges and World Records to 715. The venue was over Rowington Village footpaths, Heart of England footpath and Grand Union Canal tow path, Warwickshire.

Paddy said, "The duathlon was hard due to using different muscle groups, I am looking forward to attempting more duathlon challenges in the future adding kayaking to the events."

The 716th challenge title was achieved on the Leamington Spa Leam River and Millennium Way footpath. The multi-Guinness World Record Holder, Doyle, kayaked 8km and 5km, followed by a cross country speed march carrying a 20lb backpack, finishing in a time of 1 hr, 36 min, 05 sec. For the first 4km, Doyle had to kayak up-river, which tested his stamina and endurance, however he stayed focused and on course reaching the finish line well within the cut off time.

"Over the last 9 months I have been attending the British Canoe Union kayak skills courses, which improved my technique, a big thankyou goes to the BCU coaches who helped me to achieve the kayak duathlon event," said Paddy.