Kayak Charity Challenge

BROUGHTY twin brothers paddled home in victory last week after an epic journey down the Tay.

Andy and Derek Cumming hit upon the idea of raising money for cancer research after they lost their father Derek to prostate cancer in March.

The twins believe they have raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the four day, 90 mile test of their endurance.

The pair started on Friday by paddling their two-man kayak from Loch Tay all the way along the tributary that runs alongside the A827 and A9, down through Perth and then into the River Tay itself and home to Broughty Ferry.

The brothers said they were touched by random acts of kindness from the public, such as the gentleman who bought them breakfast in Perth before donating £100 to their cause.

The weather proved to be a problem for the duo, with water levels swollen by heavy rain and high winds impeding their progress and ruining their camping in Dunkeld.

Derek said: “It was pretty hard going and quite mentally tiring, too. You never knew what was round the next corner. I enjoyed it but I would not want to do it again.”