Results from the 2016 Bedford River Festival Invitational SUP Race

Bedford Invitational Stand Up Paddle Board Race

Results from the 2016 Bedford River Festival Invitational SUP Race


First and foremost we hope that everyone enjoyed the SUP Race and Watersports Arena Action. It is not often you get to compete in front of thousands of cheering people. Bedford River Festival is the 3rd largest outdoor event in Europe and the biggest free festival event in the UK. Canoe Trail are proud to be part of the team delivery lots of watersports for the River Fest for over 300,000 people. SUP is the fastest growing watersport in the UK. If you are not getting any 'SUP action' then contact us and try one of our taster sessions.

You can literally learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding in 5 minutes and be on the water.

Name Place Time        Board
Grant 1 12.19 Red Race Board
Alex Perks 2 12.32 Naish 1 Board
Kevin 3 15.17 Swell Hunter
Tina 4 17.01 Soul Waterman Race
Jess 5 17.08 Naish 1 Board
Becky 6 19.24 Pelican Surge
Pippa 7 20.02 Swell Hunter
Louisa 8 20.14 TBC
Ellie 9 20.22 Naish 1 Board
Kim 10 20.46 Swell Hunter
Rach 11 21.14 Red 10.8 board
Susie 12 22.04 Swell Hunter
Hannah 13 22.16 Pelican Flow SUP
Lisa 14 23.58 Red 10.8 Board
Karen 15 24.29 Swell Hunter
Sian 16 24.42 Swell Hunter

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP's) is one of the fastest growing watersports in the UK.It is a perfect way to stay fit and mess about on the water, either on the river or at the coast.

Canoe Trail have a fleet of SUP's including 2 Giant SUP's which are perfect for corporate team building, schools and youth groups. We have SUP Yoga courses running in August and September on a Friday Evening in conjunction with the Bendy Witch.

For more information about SUP Yoga, courses and SUP safaris then drop us an email to

 Bedford River Festival SUP Race

Vote of thanks - Please like and share the team who made it possible


A huge thanks goes to a great many people for making the event a success including:

Bedford Borough Council - for the Bedford River Festival in all its glory

Martyn Pearson and Dave Hodgson - Habour Master and Mayor for starting the race

Cake Caravan for providing so many yummy cakes for everybody 

Go Outdoors for providing prizes and swag for participants and competitors

BAM - The Bamboo Clothing company who make ethical high performance outdoor kit - for prizes galore

Type in 'HARPHAM' to get 20% discount at the check out stage

Canoe Trail's team who provided water safety, race marshaling and general support 

Team Beds and Luton County Sports Partnership who helped promote the event through their Workplace Challenge Initiative

Liquid Designs Design and Print for all our Tees, banners and other printing

And of course all of you good people for competing and supporting the event. We plan to potentially organise an adventure race next year so please let us know if you are interested.


Rich, Ash and the Canoe Trail Team