What is the DW Race?

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The race has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948.

The race is 125 miles long and has 77 portages. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames. The race is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning , with the unpredictable British weather adding a further challenge. This year's race was hit by storm "Katie" which resulted in the four day event being cancelled on Easter monday due to 70mph winds on the tideway section of the race.

Competitors in the non-stop Seniors Double race are fitted with a GPS tracking device and can be followed via the OPEN TRACKING web site http://live.opentracking.co.uk/dwrace16/ with their position updated every 90sec's. Our final journey from Henley on Thames to Hurley was captured by our amazing support crew, who also had to battle the wind and rain to keep us fueled and hydrated.


In 2015 the Senior doubles race was won by a mixed crew for the first time in the history of the race. Lizzie Broughton and Keith Moule completed the race in a time of 16 hours 40 minutes and 31 seconds. An amazing achievement.


Race statistics

  • Number of paddle strokes > 10,000
  • Calories burnt per hour > 500
  • Number of times you portage the canoe = 77 (lift out and put in)
  • Number of miles paddled non-stop = 125
  • Number of entrants for DW 2015 > 600
  • Number of hours sitting on your bottom in an unstable Kyak > 24