Last week, Grace the Swan completed her 127 mile journey along the Leeds Liverpool canal, with BBC Radio Leeds presenters Adam pope and Katherine Hannah at the helm. The team were welcomed into Granary Wharf by regional news crews and hundreds of supporters. In all, the Sport Relief pedalo challenge raised over £50,000 for charity. Massive well done to the BBC team, Alison, Adam and Hannah, the Swandeliers who helped out now and then along the way, and of course, Grace herself.
Tonight Grace made her final pre pedalothon outing, appearing on the BBC regional radio and tv news programmes. You can keep up with her epic journey by following @gracetheswan (BBCs Katherine and Adam) Continue reading →
Swan Pedalo sets sail on March 12th on an epic journey to raise cash for Sport Relief. We’ve mapped the route that Grace will take for her Sport Relief pedalo challenge so that you can follow her and hopefully go cheer her on.
We’ve used OpenStreetMap, a an open-source mapping tool that swandelier John McKerrell has been involved with for a long while. I’ve made a custom marker to celebrate :)
It looks like Simon’s fibreglass skills and handiwork did the job – this morning Grace was back on the water, and thankfully staying on top of it. This second test really had to go right, but we’d learnt a few lessons from the last test launch, and things went smoothly by all accounts.
Really excited now for the real journey! You can listen to the swan test below -
The test drive of Grace in Leeds was not without its problems – she sprung a leak! Some quick thinking and decisive action from John and co saved her feathers. It seems its back to the garage for Grace for some tlc and fibreglass.