Adrian Completes Channel Crossing for Diabetes UK

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 Last month, Adrian Angell  crossed the English Channel on a paddleboard in just under five hours.

 Adrian completed the crossing on Wednesday 13 June for Diabetes UK after his niece Megan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was nine. Currently resident in Cincinnati, Ohio, British native Adrian travelled back to the UK to make the crossing attempt.

Chemical engineer Adrian, aged 52, said: “We were fortunate to be able to take advantage of a small window of almost perfect weather for the crossing over. The water was very calm as we started out, which made for a fast pace. It wasn’t a record for a crossing but I was happy that I did it in a reasonably fast time. We’ve raised over £2000 for the charity so far, which is fantastic. It was Megan’s brilliant idea to raise the money for charity and my brothers, Timothy and Stephen, were there with me on the day in the support boat so it’s been a real family effort.”

Adrian said: “It was a great experience, and I enjoyed every moment. I have been training for the crossing, so once I saw the weather on the day was going to be so good, I was confident and keen to get on the water. I had a bit of cramping towards the end, so slowed my pace and was able to finish comfortably.”

“I planned ahead for both a calm or rough crossing, and had a couple of board options available to me. On the day, I used a 14’ x 29” Naish Glide, donated by Bray Lake Watersports, which worked very well. The last eight miles were with side chop from the right, which the board handled easily. I travelled with my Quickblade V-Drive 91, so felt right at home.”

“I’d like to thank my trainer, two time Olympic paddler, Larry Cain, and his training programme at Paddle Monster, for getting me in shape for the crossing. Thank you to Bray Lake Watersports, in Maidenhead, for providing the perfect board for the crossing, and to Will at Full Throttle Boat Charters, for finding the perfect window for the crossing, in a week of otherwise windy weather. And a very special thank you to the many friends and family, who sent encouragement and support through social media and donations. The global paddling community is very special, with such a positive vibe. It was really great to know that so many people were rooting for me and praying for my success.”

“The crossing was made much more significant by paddling for a great cause, and having my family involved. I love to paddle, so it’s great to be able to help others in the process, and to share the experience. As I look ahead, my next paddling goal is to complete my fifth consecutive Chattajack 31 mile race in October.”

Lauren Baker, Regional Fundraiser for Diabetes UK, said: “Well done Adrian. I was there on the day cheering him on and he did a fantastic job. Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity of our incredible fundraisers. The money raised will help fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”

People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It’s the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. 

You can sponsor Adrian for his achievement at his just giving page


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