From horse power to paddle power – a team from M6toll are ready to ride the rapids when they take part in a charity raft race in Warwickshire this weekend.

The Wellesbourne and District Lions Club are marking the 40th anniversary of its celebrated event which covers seven-and-a-half miles down the River Avon.

It starts from the village of Wasperton and traverses the weirs of Hampton Lucy, and Alveston, takes in the scenic landscape of Charlecote Park, before the finish at Stratford and a BBQ which rounds off the day for competitors and spectators alike.

The M6toll has helped sponsor this year’s aquatic adventure, which has the Heart of England branch of Mencap as its main beneficiary.

The ten-strong team from the M6toll, ‘The Toll Dodgers’ have dusted off their sturdy craft having taken part in other races over the past couple of years. It qualifies for the ‘Survivor’ category for rafts constructed of drums, rope/string and wood/plank. However, the team have customised it with a little M6toll character including traffic cones and speed signage.

The team includes:

James Hodson, Operation Director

Cath Griffith, Senior Accounts Assistant

Julie Murray, Tolling Services Assistant

Karen Johnstone, Tag Account Controller

Paul Parry, Systems Maintenance Manager

Cassie Clark, Financial Accountant

Becky Cowan, Departmental Administrator

Alex Sheldon, Motorway Technician

Paul Hunt, Retired

Ian Harvey, Systems Technician

Said James: “We are ready to swap tarmac for H20 and put our best efforts into finishing the course without taking too many dips into the river. It should be a fun day and will raise money for a very worthy cause.”

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