Harborough adventurer aims to paddle the length of the Mississippi River

Harborough's Alex Woodford with Bear Grylls
Harborough's Alex Woodford with Bear Grylls

A daredevil who has been on a desert mission with explorer Bear Grylls is now in training for an epic American charity adventure.

Market Harborough’s Alex Woodford, who won the Land Rover Young Explorers contest last year which bagged her an American adventure with Man Vs Wild star Grylls, is taking on the Mississippi River in May .

Alex, and her boyfriend Amit Shah, will be attempting to paddle along the length of the 2,320-mile river over 75 days in a kayak or canoe.

Alex said: “This is a true challenge. We will be travelling 30 exhausting, sweat-inducing miles each day with potentially dangerous alligators, bears and large container ships lining the route.”

Nicknamed the Big Muddy, the Mississippi is America’s second longest river, stretching from its source in Minnesota in the north to where it joins the sea in the Gulf of Mexico in the south. It weaves its way through ten states .

Taking inspiration from Mark Twain’s novel Huckleberry Finn, the pair plan to spend two-and-a-half months journeying along the length of the river.

The feat is being taken on to raise money for the British Exploring Society charity.

To toughen herself up for the paddle, Alex has been training at Snap Fitness in Rockingham Road, Market Harborough.

While training, Alex is also working for four different district-based companies.

They are The Ideal Marketing Company in Market Harborough; specialist apprentice recruitment service Salad Skills in Kibworth, media recruitment company LEAP UK in Market Harborough and at the Sugar Loaf pub in Harborough in its kitchen.

To find out more, visit https:
//thebigamericanpaddle.wordpress.com where there is a link to Alex’s fundraising website. People can also track the pair’s progress by following @the_paddle on Twitter.