Record numbers to take to the water for the Wirral Kayak Challenge

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Almost 200 kayaks and paddle boarders will be passing the coast of Meols, Hoylake and West Kirby on Sunday 18 July as part of the annual 14 mile Wirral Kayak Challenge.

The event is raising money for Claire House Children’s Hospice and Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes.

More than £40,000 has been raised for good causes since it began in 2012.

This year’s challenge was meant to take place on 4 July, but had to be postponed due to forecast bad weather.

The Wirral Coastal Kayak
The Wirral Coastal Kayak

Organiser Mike Dudley told West Kirby Today: “We have record numbers this year – 143 kayaking and 39 experienced paddle boarders.

“We leave Harrison Drive beach at 6:30am and head for the sandbank behind Hilbre Island for the halfway stop, and then finish at Dee Sailing Club in Thurstaston at approximately 3pm.”

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