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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

Still missing - a dark day in my sport

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiAug 1st 2011
All our sports contain some danger - too many triathletes have died or been injured when cycling, open water swimming has its obvious risks and yesterday my particular sport - canoeing - showed only too clearly its own dangers.

One of my daughter's friends is still missing, having capsized in a race at Richmond. He is only 17. The search was called off last night and things are not looking good. This was one of the few races I didn't bother going to and those who were there are distraught.

The boy also suffered from epilepsy and it would seem that this was why he was unable to save himself. Although much is being made of the fact that he wasn't wearing a buoyancy aid (at his level they are not compulsory), if he was unconscious, a BA wouldn't have helped. This isn't the forum to go into whether he should have worn something - he didn't.
Tags: accident
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