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James Denny

James's Canal Caper

Fundraising for Families of Ocean Ward

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Families of Ocean Ward

We support families of children with CHD to support them on Ocean Ward and beyond.

Charity Registration No. 1145013


Tuesday April 5th to Wednesday April 13th, 2016

Unfortunately I have had to give up on my long-held wish to skydive on Louis’ behalf for a number of reasons. Despite what some of you have said (hopefully jokingly lol) I have always wanted to do it, but for one thing I don’t feel my fitness is up to it.
So, it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire instead, as I’ve decided to do a Morris Dance from Bath to Croydon, along the Kennet & Avon Canal (via the Berks & Hants line, for those of you know the GW area), River Thames and River Wandle, finishing up in Waddon Ponds, the last place I visited with my late mother, so I’ll have somewhere special to aim for.
This will consist of 9 days’ dancing, covering 152+ miles at an average of just over 5 and a half hours’ dancing per day. Along the way I hope to be joined by my own three regular sides and many others along the route with whom I have performed in the past. And as if this challenge isn’t enough, I also hope to play music whilst dancing for a short period each day (though I make no promises!!!). Although it’s fair to say this is more of a physical challenge than a skydive, the worst I can do if my fitness fails me in this case is fall over!
All of you who have sponsored me for the ‘chute jump via Just Giving, your money has already been donated through Just Giving to the charity. Those who donated in person, or pledged via the form, your money is safe and will be transferred to this new endeavour. Anyone at all who wishes to add to the sponsorship, I will have a new set of forms soon and the Just Giving page is
The charity I’m raising money for is Families of Ocean Ward (, an extremely worthy charity who look after families of children with heart conditions.
Please can I ask you to forward this email far and wide – the more support I get, the more likely I will be to make the finish!!! And of course anyone who wants to join me, be it for the full trek, a day or an hour, will be more than welcome. I’ll also need plenty of help with things like logistics, such as driving, playing music, carrying kit etc and would be very grateful to anyone who felt able to offer their assistance.
For interest, the initial intended route is as follows, and (subject to training and fitness) I intend to do it either this autumn or next spring. I’ll update with a date as soon as I can!
Day 1: Bath Bottom Lock to Devizes Bottom Lock via Dundas Aqueduct, Bradford Lock (lunch) and Semington Top Lock. 19.7 miles / 06:34 hours dancing
Day 2: Devizes Bottom Lock to Great Bedwyn Church via Horton Bridge , Pewsey Wharf (lunch) and Savernake Tunnel. 22.6 miles / 07:32 hours dancing
Day 3: Great Bedwyn Church to Newbury Lock via Hungerford Lock, Kintbury Lock (lunch) and Benham Lock. 14.3 miles / 04:46 hours dancing
Day 4: Newbury Lock to Burghfield Lock via Colthrop Lock, Ufton Bridge (lunch) and Shenfield Lock. 14.5 miles / 04:50 hours dancing
Day 5: Burghfield Lock to Westfield Farm Moorings via River Thames, Shiplake Railway Br (lunch) and Henley Bridge. 17.15625 miles / 05:43 hours dancing
Day 6: Westfield Farm Moorings to Bells of Ouseley Pub via Bourne End Railway Br, Maidenhead Bridge (lunch) and Windsor Racecourse. 21.78125 miles / 07:15 hours dancing
Day 7: Bells of Ouseley Pub to Kingston Bridge via Staines Railway Br, Shepperton Lock (lunch) and Hampton Court Br. 17.90625 miles / 05:58 hours dancing
Day 8: Kingston Bridge to Earlsfield via Teddington Lock, Kew Railway Bridge (lunch) and Thames - Wandle Jn. 17.0125 miles / 05:40 hours dancing
Day 9: Earlsfield to Waddon Ponds via Merton Abbey Mills and Carshalton Ponds (lunch). End. 7.65 miles / 02:33 hours dancing


  • Proposed route and features (all TBC - missing something doesn't mean I don't want to do it)
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