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Pounding The Pounds
Raising money for The CAW Foundation
The Challenge
To walk the entire length of the Grand Union Canal, from Salford Junction in Birmingham, beneath Spaghetti Junction of the M6, to Paddington Basin in London - 142 miles, in nine days.
The Charity
The CAW Foundation was set up by my son, Rob Langley-Swain, to raise funds for Children and young people of limited means, working with not-for-profit organisations, to undertake community projects, sport, music or drama. I have just retired (19th July 2013) after a 40-year Teaching Career, working with Primary Aged Profoundly Deaf Children.
The Training
I have been preparing since the start of 2013, walking various sections of the towpath - up to 9 miles at a time. I was brought up near the Grand Union, and never lived more than half a mile from it. To raise funds, I produced raffle tickets featuring all 164 Canal Locks on the Grand Union.