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Is a 30 minute documentary staring Sir Steve Redgrave filmed and produced by myself.
The documentary is about the Devises to Westminster Race 2012
The documentary will be for on-line (you tube) only. 2012-12-08 19:37:57 GMT 2012-12-11 11:17:36 (GMT 0) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed - Note: This project was manually closed by the voice seeker before it reached its original deadline. 0 0 4 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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At 125 miles long it is a brutal test of human endurance and stamina…
Starting in Devises in Wiltshire, travelling the length of the Kennet and Avon Canal until Reading where they join the River Thames through to the finishing line, at Westminster Bridge, in London
…71 portages, 86,000 paddle strokes and 24 grueling hours
For two teams it pushed them to the limit of their endurance
And then beyond.
This is their story.
It’s a damp Easter bank holiday weekend morning as the crews assemble and get themselves ready.
Already their nerves are frayed, as they steel themselves for what lies ahead.
For the two crews it’s the culmination of months of preparation and planning.
As anticipation mounts, the competitors busily ready their kayaks and prepare both physically and mentally for the forthcoming challenge
As Steve McPhee and Kevin Hipkins set off, there’s a sense of release…a kind of freedom that being on the water brings. It’s also the start of a battle…with themselves…
For Marlow resident Roger Hatfield this year’s race is his second…and he knows what ‘s in front of him. Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave joins his friend for this unique event. With 5 Olympic gold medals to his name, he is a natural sportsman but this type of endurance race creates a whole set of new challenges.
Steve’s popularity is without doubt. As one of Great Britain’s greatest ever Olympians he still attracts the crowds and well-wishers.
Roger and Steve confidently set off on what would turn out to be a test of endurance like no other. Roger battling the demons of last year’s failure and Steve with the added pressure of maintaining insulin and sugar levels due to his diabetes.
The Devises To Westminster Race is a physical challenge in a class of its own…
And of course it is a race after all! All crews compete against each other and the clock…
Throughout the journey competitors receive support. Not only from their crew but huge support from members of the public lining the route.
Roger & Steve start confidently and make good progress throughout the race. With support crews waiting eagerly to refuel and rehydrate at each designated stop and portage.
Meanwhile Kevin Hipkins & Steve McPhee are making strong progress, with only a brief stop for a change of clothes before rejoining the canal leading them to the start of the Thames stretch.
With the light fading and the long Thames stretch before them the crews push forward into the night and the arduous task of reaching Westminster. Battling more than just fatigue, their mental challenge becomes their greatest challenge throughout the cold and dark night hours.
With Roger Hatfield & Steve Redgrave retiring in the early hours of the morning Kevin Hipkins and Steve McPhee battle on.
Arriving at Teddington Lock at six thirty AM the support crew are waiting as by now they are heavily fatigued. Setting off again in almost zombie-like state they have the wide final stretch at the Thames leading them to Westminster.
As the competitors cross the finishing line there is sense of achievement, bewilderment and fatigue but most of all elation at completing the Devises to Westminster Race.
After 8 months and 500 miles of training Kevin Hipkins and Steve McPhee finally finish in 24 hours, 39 minutes. Cheered on by fellow Longridge paddlers, family and friends and their dedicated support crew.
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