Chris Maynard is racing in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race to raise money for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) which is a cause very close to his heart after his daughter was diagnosed with SMA type 3 recently. SMA is the number one genetic killer in infants, and as yet there is no cure for SMA, but medication is available to dramatically improve the quality of life for those who have this genetic disease.
Chris is a close friend of Dragon co-founder Paul Moynan, they served together in the Royal Marines and, as a long-time supporter, Chris has always followed the progress of Dragon as they continue to evolve the entertainment industry.
Chris is paddling in the 125-mile race with his brother Joe who is a serving Royal Marine in a Neris Klepper folding boat that has an excellent reputation and been used by the Royal Marines since World War 2 and in fact, is the same style of boat used in the Cockleshell Endeavor Pacific Race.
The Royal Marines have always had strong representation in the event which is also known as the common mans Everest, and a quick look down the results reveals the late Paddy Ashdown and his partner finishing the race in 1965 in 26 hours and 43 minutes. Since there are 77 portages where Chris and Joe will be required to lift the 40kg boat from the water and carry it between locks it is also regarded as one of the toughest kayak races in the world.
The race finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge in London, opposite the Houses of Parliament and you can track Chris’ live progress by clicking here and looking for boat number 435.
As you can see, there are multiple reasons to get behind Chris and this important fundraiser and to donate or gain more information about SMA you just need to click here.
The gruelling race which only sees 50 – 80% of entrants finish is regarded as one of the toughest events for mind and body has seen previous competitors including Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the first British Woman to summit Everest, Rebecca Stephens.
The whole team in Dragon are cheering Chris and Joe on as they endeavour to conquer this demanding race but with commando spirit, grit and determination the very notion of failure does not even feature in their vocabulary.
Catch up on all team news and results of Chris’ race in boat 435 as well as keeping an eye on the other Royal Marine teams of Matt Adams and Chris Jesson (342), James Morgan and Jon Mayes (446), and David Bruce and Samuel Edwards who are also racing by clicking here.
Supporting charities is something that Dragon are passionate about, you only need look at their website or blog to see how they have been helping charities to understand how the adoption of Dragon Blockchain innovation can be beneficial to their fundraising ventures.
And that’s not all. Additionally, Dragon also offer a free consultancy service for veterans’ charities – be sure to look out for more news on this soon.