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Kayaking commuter beats recession

Gary Woodhouse
Gary Woodhouse says kayaking to work is almost as fast as driving

A hospital security guard who kayaks to work every day said he is saving money by not using any petrol.

Gary Woodhouse said paddling six miles (9km) along canals from his home to Birmingham's City Hospital took him 15 minutes longer than by car.

The 41-year-old is also training for the world's longest canoe race - a 125-mile (201km) competition between Devizes, Wiltshire, and Westminster.

The former Army canoe instructor hopes to raise money for Cancer Research.

Mr Woodhouse, of West Bromwich, decided to enter the race, on April 10, after his sister was diagnosed with cancer and is being joined by members of Wolverhampton Canoe Club.

Mr Woodhouse said: "My favourite is definitely paddling, especially when the weather is nice.

"By the time you get home you are completely de-stressed and it helps beat the credit crunch as I'm not using any petrol.

"It's also a lot quieter than taking the car at that time of the day - I've only passed one canal barge since January."

Mr Woodhouse has also been running and cycling into work since he started at the hospital in September.


Gary Woodhouse got the idea to kayak along the canal to get fit for a canoe race.

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