THE first senior double canoes are past Hungerford as they head towards Newbury. 

In the leading group are:

317 Hicks / Hicks 4:57:18Hungerford

 393 Ainsworth / Hague 5:02:08Hungerford

 442 James / James 5:07:38Hungerford

 435 Maynard / Maynard 5:09:53Hungerford

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon is a marathon canoe race held this weekend over a maximum course of 125 miles (201 km) from Devizes to Westminster.

It's been going since 1948 runs or rather paddles from Devizes wharf, the route follows the Kennet and Avon canal for 54 miles to Reading, where it joins the Thames. Another 54 miles later it reaches Teddington Lock, ending 17 miles later at Westminster Bridge. However the last 17 miles is subject to weather and tidal conditions.

Full report in the Wiltshire Times and Gazette and Herald.