Deputy Croydon mayor, 74, joins youngsters on river rapids
SHOOTING rapids on the River Wye and completing 100 miles by canoe in just four days is no mean feat.
But the endurance test was completed by a group of youngsters representing Croydon in the 50th canoe test organised by the National Association of Clubs for Young People.
And if completing the run was a feat for them it was probably more so for the 74-year-old deputy mayor of Croydon, Councillor Tony Harris, who has been on around 30 tests since 1965, ten of them as a rower.
The bulk of the Croydon team, all teenagers, was made up of members of Nautical Training Corps Defiance in New Addington and all of them, including the deputy mayor, completed the course unscathed.
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The course follows a route close to the Welsh border from Glasbury in the north to Monmouth in the south.
Cllr Harris said: "It is a great event. It involves the young people doing something they would normally do.
"It teaches them determination and team spirit. It is not just them learning canoeing skills, it is about them learning to live and work with other people."
Cllr Harris said he was delighted the team had come through the course over the Jubilee weekend without any problems.
But he added: "It is fortunate it is not a race as we came in last because I slowed the team down a bit.
"The rapids were a bit rough and the waves looked like mountains to me. It was a bit scary and I will have to see how it goes before I decide whether I will have another go next year."