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Adventurous friends take bath time to a new level

Charity bathamaran paddle for cancer charity

Steve Handford and Charlie Frankland canoeing across Coniston Water in the Lake District in their bathamaran

Two bath time buddies went on the canoeing trip of a lifetime when they paddled up Coniston Water in the Lake District in two metal bathtubs.

Steve Handford, from Mawdesley, and Charlie Frankland, from Eccleston completed the unusual challenge in just three and three-quarters hours to raise money for The Youth Cancer Trust and local Scouts group.

The pair said they enjoyed perfect conditions in their bathamaran and even had time for a picnic.

Steve, 47, said: “It wasn’t the most relaxing bath we’ve ever had, but I am happy to report that we successfully completed the mission without making any waves.

“The weather was perfect, no wind, no waves and warm weather but overcast skies, so no burnt flesh.

“After the first hour we had to take a short break from paddling and stand up for five minutes to give our knees a rest.

“We made good time and were soon at Peel Island, so we had a half-hour lunch break, relaxing and taking in the gorgeous surroundings.”


Steve and Charlie, 50, made a big splash as they attempted to leap from their bathamaran - Frankie-DeTorrie-style.

Steve added: “Including a very civilised lunch break, our target of five -six hours was easily broken, let’s hope our money target of £500 can be treated the same way.

“This won’t be the last challenge we do but we’ll need some recovery time and some more creative thinking meetings to see if we can carry on being adventurous.

“The twin-tubs are going into storage, but maybe this is just the start for the bathamaran”

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