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Inland Inspiration:

a very new river-based business for Barrow

Barrow is sometimes accused of underplaying the value of its lovely bit of the River Soar. Rarely does the river play a central role in village events (apart from when it floods). However, a new business, based at The Boathouse at Barrow, will encourage us all to get out onto the water and be inspired by the experience.

Inland Inspiration is the brainchild of Kirst Elton. Although born in Leicester, Kirst had his first taste of kayaking and canoeing in Newark, Nottinghamshire, in 2009. He learnt the basics but then gave it all up in favour of martial arts. Four years later he decided to give paddling another go and joined the Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club (based at the National Water Sports Centre near Nottingham). He became obsessed with canoeing and kayaking and trained solidly, gaining qualifications, all the time climbing the ladder. The idea for setting up a business came as just an inkling in 2016. It wasn’t until his “occupational fortunes suffered a blow” recently that, with the support of his family and friends, he decided to go ahead. He discussed his ideas with Colin Broadway, the owner of The Boathouse at Barrow, and was quite overwhelmed by Colin’s generosity, help, advice and knowledge, and included the very practical help of providing Kirst with a base for his business.

So what is Kirst actually offering? First and foremost, he wants to create the opportunity for anyone, young or old, able-bodied or not to get into the right type of canoe or kayak and have the experience of paddling safely in the beautiful surroundings of our river - getting a taste of the outdoors. He aims to give a quality experience. He hopes that people will want to do this at any time of year, although obviously, the amazing summer weather of 2018 will have been particularly helpful to him. If they want to follow up with coaching, then Kirst is the man. He is thrilled when this pathway happens. He has been coaching members of the family, and a friend, and he has found their progress quite inspirational.

September and October are good months to go out on the river – so – why not give it a try before the winter sets in?! Give Kirst a ring on 07715 393 067. But don’t forget that you can paddle in January too!

Barrow Voice wishes him well in this exciting venture.

Judith Rodgers