On 25 September, four heroic people, all affected by cancer, took on the challenge of a lifetime as they canoed a marathon a day through the canals of North West England. A host of celebrity friends lent them a hand along the way, as they aimed to raise loads of cash to fund game-changing treatments. See how they got on with their journey and support their incredible feat.

Five marathons. Five days. One epic challenge.





Mon 25 Sep - Day 1

Paddles at the ready! The challenge kicked off as the Paddlers made their way from Chester to Middlewich. The team of celebrity friends helping them through this first leg of the journey included presenter Anthea Turner, Judge Rinder, actress Natalie Anderson and presenter Jake Humphrey.

Cheer points

7.30am - The Lock Keeper, CH1 3LH
9-9.15am - The Cheshire Cat, CH3 6AE
11.45-12pm - The Shady Oak, CW6 9UE
4-4.30pm - Aqueduct Marina, CW5 6DX
6.45-7.15pm - The Big Lock Pub, CW10 9DN

Tue 26 Sep - Day 2

Today saw the Paddlers make their way from Middlewich to Warrington. Lending them a celebrity hand were actor Tyger Drew-Honey, The Lean Machines, Hollyoaks' Anna Passey and Rory Douglas-Speed. 

Cheer points

8.15am - The Big Lock Pub, CW10 9DN
9-9.15am - Park Farm Marina, CW9 7RY
12.45-1pm - Cheshire Acton Bridge Base, CW8 4QU
4.45-5pm - London Bridge Inn, WA4 5BG

Wed 27 Sep - Day 3

Hands were sore as the Paddlers made their way from Warrington to Worsley. Grabbing a paddle with them were Made In Chelsea's Sam Thompson, influencer Niomi Smart (AM only), singer Michelle Heaton, Googlebox's Nikki Tapper, Key 103's Mike Toolan (PM only) and actress Hayley Tamaddon. 

Cheer points

8.15am - London Bridge Inn, WA4 5BG
9-9.15am - Golden Fleece, WA13 0HR (pavement area by the pub and canalside)
12.50-1.10pm - Waterside Arts Centre, M33 7ZF (welcome the team as they stop for a lunch break)
4.50- 5.10pm - The Moorings, M28 1YB

Thu 28 Sep - Day 4

The Paddlers travelled from Worsley to Scarisbrick today. Jumping in the canoes with them were our celebrity friends TOWIE's Chris Clark, influencers Niki and Sammy, Magic FM's Nick Snaith and Heat Radio's Emily Segal.

Cheer points

8am - The Moorings, M28 1YB
11-11.30am - The Orwell, WN3 4EU (area by pub and canal-side)
1.45-2.15pm - The Boathouse, WN6 9DA
4.30-5pm - The Farmers Arms, L40 8JA
5.45-6.15pm - The Saracens Head, L40 8JG

Fri 29 Sep - Day 5

The Paddlers completed the final leg of the challenge from Scarisbrick to Liverpool. Helping them to the finish line were Love Island's Jess and Dom, actresses Kelly-Marie Stewart and Alice Barlow, Kiss FM's Sam Darlaston and Radio City's Dave Kelly.

Cheer points

7.30am - The Saracens Head, L40 8JG
9.30-10.00am - The Running Horses, L31 4EN
11.30am-12pm - Waterside, L30 0RA
5pm - Albert Dock, L3 4AA


Show your support for the Paddlers and their incredible efforts by donating to the Great Canoe Challenge. All of the cash they raise will go towards funding game-changing science that will help save more lives, more quickly.




From pre-challenge preparation to daily highlights, check out all our videos from the water.


With special thanks to British Canoeing, Canal & River Trust, Hou Canoes, Gul Watersports Ltd, Veho, Peak UK, Helly Hansen, OverBoard Ltd, Eat Real, Bounce, Dock & Bay and Linwoods HealthFoods for supporting the Great Canoe Challenge.