Paddling the Thames

John Clark, Grand Master of Buckinghamshire Freemasons and Assistant Grand Master Gary Brodie have just completed one in a series of challenges undertaken by Buckinghamshire Freemasons.

The row raised over £6000 for the MCF (Masonic Charitable Foundation) which donates to good causes both Masonic and non-Masonic.

A number of local charities have received donations from the MCF over recent years.

The challenge was to row 26 miles in 2 canoes along the river Thames, one being rowed by John Clark and his son Jack, the other was rowed by Gary Brodie and Simon Williams.

The rowers were accompanied by a support team.

As they reached each lock the support team plucked the canoes from the Thames and transferred them to the other side to allow them to continue their journey.

Along the way, they were greeted by a host of well-wishers and supporters.

The weary, but jubilant team arrived at their final destination many hours later to the cheers of a reception group. The glow of a job well done pervaded the air.