Highlands & Islands

Canoeists claim new time for Kingussie to Spey Bay paddle

James Reilly in action Image copyright Just Trek
Image caption James Reilly in action on the River Spey

Two friends who set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of Loch Ness by tandem kayak last year have claimed a new achievement.

Ted Simpson, 22, from Manchester, and James Reilly, also 22, from Guernsey, paddled down the loch in four hours 43 minutes and 43 seconds.

This week they canoed 74 miles (120km) of the River Spey from Kingussie to Spey Bay.

They covered the distance in 15 hours, 51 minutes and 43 seconds.

The pair said it was a new fastest time for the journey, which took them from the Highlands to the Moray coast and raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

'Given it our all'

To make sure they reached Spey Bay before it got too dark, they set off at 05:00.

Mr Simpson said: "We were completely spent by the end of the day, but really proud to have given it our all to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause."

The pair's time for the 23 mile (36km) crossing of Loch Ness last year beat a previous time of five hours and 19 minutes.

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Image caption Ted Simpson and his canoe partner covered the distance in 15 hours, 51 minutes and 43 seconds
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Image caption Paddling through the washing machine rapid
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Image caption The pair reached the finish line at sunset

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