Hereford Canoe Challenge

WHEN: 02 Jun, 2019 | Registration 7am - 7.20am WHERE: Hereford Rowing Club, Hereford, HR4 0BE

Do you think you can take on 25 miles of river in just one day?

With the Hereford Canoe Challenge you can.

Making your way along Herefordshire’s iconic River Wye, this team challenge uses Canadian canoes seating two or three people but with the ability to raft them (sometimes required in high water) to fit up to six people.

This beautiful stretch of water snakes across wide open countryside before heading to the Wye Valley scar and its towering clay cliffs. From the halfway point at Bycross you’ll continue your journey by enjoying a little bobble down Monnington fall (not really a waterfall, more a slightly faster stretch of water) before continuing along some of the straightest stretches of water in the UK.

The Hereford Canoe Challenge is open to those aged 10 and over, subject to criteria being met. All proceeds raised help support the vital palliative care work provided by St Michael’s Hospice.

Confirm your place with £10 per seat

You can then either self-fund, part fund or get sponsored:

Team of 1: £45

Team of 2: £85

Team of 3: £125

Team of 4: £160

Team of 5: £200

Team of 6: £240

Those self-funding can send their pledge directly to us via cheque (payable to St Michael’s Hospice) or give the Events Team a call on 01432 851 000 and pay over the phone.

Please park at Hereford Rowing Club from 7am. You will need to have registered with us by 7.20am so that the coaches can leave as close to 7.30am as possible.

Starting out on the river after your safety brief around 8.30am you’ll be able to make your own way down the river, unless you are part of the kayak group which will have an instructor with them.

We have laid on a barbecue at Bycross Farm Campsite (about halfway) where you can stock up and use the facilities.

When you disembark at the Rowing Club you’ll be congratulated by our team and handed a well-deserved medal.

Please read the following information which will help you prepare:

Suitable clothing and equipment is essential for this challenge. Even with the halfway barbecue you’ll require plenty of extra rations to get you down the river. Consider a mixture of carbohydrate rich foods such as pasta and bananas and mix it with some sugary foods such as grapes and chocolate (it’s supposed to be enjoyable, too). You will also need plenty of water.

Consider the weather when packing; it’s better to be prepared for the worse than get caught out. Waterproofs and warm layers are essential. Canoeing gives you very little protection from the sun and the added glare coming up off the water only adds to the heat. A sun hat, sun glasses, sun cream and even a long-sleeved shirt are priceless and essential bits of kit on a sunny day.

Please read the following conditions of entry prior to signing up:

It is important that you are fit and healthy enough to complete the challenge. If you are suffering from any condition that might be adversely affected by physical exertion, exposure to hot/cold temperatures or sitting for prolonged amounts of time, you should seek medical advice before entering. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No children under 16 can register on the guided Kayak challenge. No children under 10 years old are able to take part in this challenge.

This challenge takes place on an active and unpredictable river. St Michael’s Hospice, its staff and associates cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury suffered as a result of taking part in this challenge. St Michael’s Hospice reserves the right to postpone the challenge due to adverse weather or river conditions should professional advice advise to do so.

Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times during the challenge.

There will be a cut-off point at Bycross farm campsite. The cut off time will be imposed on the day and you will be informed what it is and how this will affect your pace. Please be aware we cannot allow you to continue on the challenge if you do not make the cut-off point in time.


What’s included?

Boat hire


Coach from finish to start point

St Michael’s Hospice Staff

Buoyancy aids

Waterproof barrel

River Map

Recovery by minibus or taxi to your vehicle / start point

Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off

Buffet-style food at the halfway point; Bycross Farm campsite

Medal at the finish

Sponsorship plays a very important role in raising vital funds for St Michael’s Hospice.

Your commitment to supporting the Hospice is greatly appreciated. Both of these fundraising methods are the most used and traditional types. Remember to ask work colleagues as well as family and friends to sponsor you. Just Giving can link to your social media pages too and that’s a great way of getting in touch with people who you might not see in person.

If you want to do something a little different why not hold a sweepstake of the time it’ll take you to complete the challenge. You can also hold a “dress me for a price” auction where you promise to wear something on the day of the winning bidder’s choice.