Danube believe it?

Putting their oar in: Sheffield University students John Jeffcock, left, and Chris Braine, who are to kayak the length of the River Danube.       Picture: Roger Nadal
Putting their oar in: Sheffield University students John Jeffcock, left, and Chris Braine, who are to kayak the length of the River Danube. Picture: Roger Nadal
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IT’S a waterway challenge that might leave lesser paddlers feeling somewhat seasick but these two lads reckon they canoe it.

Chris Braine and John Jeffcock are to kayak the mighty River Danube - all 2,850 km of it.

The two Sheffield University architecture students will plough from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania, taking eight weeks, paddling nine-hour days, passing through 10 countries.

Phew.

Aren’t they tired just thinking about it?

“It’s not going to be easy,” admits Chris, 23, of Hunter House Road, Hunter’s Bar, Sheffield. “But we’re keen rowers and we’ll be training so we’re pretty confident. And it’s in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital so that will spur us on.”

They’ll pass through - deep breath - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania.

“I was looking at a map of Europe one day,” says John, 24, of Barker’s Place, Hillsborough. “And I wondered if it was possible to row.”

Turns out it is. So they will. Because it’s there, as mountaineer George Mallory said.

They set off June 13. To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/paddlethedanube