Inrepid paddlers complete marathon
THERE was no sign of a monster, but a group of intrepid explorers still had a whale of a time when they went up to Loch Ness.
Youngsters from Bredon School completed the 60-mile Great Glen Canoe Trial, which took them on the Caledonian Canal through Lochy, Oich and Ness.
The journey was part of a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award expedition.
Head of outdoor pursuits Mike Tweddell said: "They were in three canoes and planned to do the trip in four days, which they managed despite very difficult conditions."
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As a group, they made a quarter of a million paddle strokes throughout the trip with the canoes laden with more than 225kg of kit.
Head girl Lois Gower, the only woman to have made the trip, said: "It was very challenging and without the support of each other in the group, I don't think we could have done it.
"The weather was awful but knowing that we would be the first group from Bredon School to successfully canoe across Loch Ness, helped to keep us going."
Headmaster John Hewitt said: "This group has demonstrated they have all these skills in abundance."